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    Sparkling Thick Planchet 1866 Five-Cent Pattern, Judd-489

    1866 Five-Cents, Judd-489, Pollock-577, R.6, PR 64 PCGS. Thick planchet. The obverse is virtually as adopted except for a tiny motto and a ball dividing the date. The reverse is quite distinctive with a narrow laurel wreath enclosing a "Dutch 5," a digit of bulbous tip and knob with a fat upright. The U in UNITED is recut and there are a couple of die scratches at the end of leaves that were transferred to the coin, indicating a hurried or careless manufacture of this design.
    This coin previously appeared in our 1983 ANA Auction. At that time it was uncertified, and in its "raw" state we noted that it was 2 mm. thick, and while it appeared slightly thicker than a regular nickel, "this may be an illusion created by the high rims that encircle both sides, as the weight is exactly what it should be." The thick and thin planchets for this variety were not noted in either Judd or Adams-Woodin, but this oversight has been corrected in the Pollock reference. The surfaces are exceptionally bright for a copper-nickel proof with a sparkling texture overall. The fields have a cracked, dry creek bed appearance between 6 and 12 o'clock on the obverse, a result of a carelessly prepared planchet. A distinctive planchet lamination is seen in the reverse field to the left of the 5. The Garrett coin was a Choice Proof and it realized an impressive $5,750 in March 1980.
    Ex: 1993 ANA Sale (HNAI, 7/93), lot 8036. (PCGS# 60489)


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    August, 1996
    17th-20th Saturday-Tuesday
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