Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Judd-520, The Only Five-Cent Pattern Struck in Lead

    1866 Five-Cents, Judd-520, Pollock-547, R.7-8, PR 60 PCGS. The central device features George Washington facing right, the date below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. The reverse is the regular issue dies for the Shield nickel, without rays. Struck in lead with a plain edge.
    Struck on an oversized planchet the reverse shows a heavy, nearly vertical, rim-to-rim die crack. Each side is dark, chocolate-brown in color. There are several surface problems which account for the grade, chief of which is a long, diagonal scrape along the upper portion of the neck of Washington. A planchet flake is noted in the field out from the M in AMERICA, and the pimply evidence of die rust can be seen throughout the obverse.
    Formerly considered an R.8 in the Judd reference, Pollock cites only two pieces of this rare pattern, while Fuld lists a third in an unpublished manuscript on patterns, the Boyd-Farouk specimen which last appeared in auction in 1983. Apparently all three were owned at one time by Sylvester Crosby. One of these lead pieces was even exhibited at the legendary ANS exhibition in 1914. The Judd-520 is the only pattern nickel struck in lead. As such, it is highly coveted by advanced collectors. While this piece has several obvious surface problems, these superficial deficiencies are more than offset by the coin's extreme rarity.
    Ex: R.K. Harris (Kreisberg-Schulman, 5/58), lot 2496; Auction '89 (Stack's, 7/89), lot 1848; Bowers and Merena (9/94), lot 932. (NGC ID# 29GC, PCGS# 60520)


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

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    View shipping information

    Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 156
    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 21 days left to consign to the 2018 August 14 - 17 ANA WFOM World Coins Signature Auction - Philadelphia!

    Learn about consigning with us

    You have not just a fine firm but a collection of outstanding individuals whom we consider ourselves privileged to know and now consider friends. From me, and from my heart, I just say thank you for a great job of bringing my collecting life to a gratifying close.
    Eugene G.,
    Lancaster, PA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 April 25 - 29 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 25 - 29 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $20,943,061
    2018 April 20 - 23 CCE World Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 20 - 23 CCE World Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $8,516,285
    2018 April 26 - 30 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 26 - 30 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $946,904