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    Flashy 1866 No Rays Pattern Nickel, Judd-507

    1866 Five-Cents, Judd-507, Pollock-591, R.6, PR 65 PCGS. Struck from the regular issue dies for the type of 1867 without the rays on the reverse. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. An extraordinarily appealing coin despite a certain weakness of strike. The fields are intensely mirrored, the result of heavy die polish done in the mint. The overall appearance is of a PR 66 coin, and this piece would surely have graded as such were it not for the weakness on the lower reverse stars. The weakness on this coin should have been a strong signal to mint officials that the removal of the rays from the reverse was not the ultimate solution to the strike problem encountered on Shield nickels in the first year of issue. And perhaps they did recognize this, but figured the removal of the rays was a convenient partial solution to the striking problem without a complete redesign. Light golden patina covers each side, but does nothing to lessen the bright, mirrored flash in the fields.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29FZ, PCGS# 60507)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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