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    Rare "Transitional" 1865 Shield Nickel Pattern, Judd-418

    1865 Shield Nickel, Judd-418, Pollock-490, R.7, PR 65 PCGS. The regular dies Shield type without rays, as adopted early in 1867, but dated 1865. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. Breen concluded that the obverse used on this transitional issue was combined with "a reverse die used in 1868. This is a suspicious coincidence, and tends to point to 1868 or 1869 as the possible year of manufacture." Several faint die scratches are noted below TRUST, undoubtedly a characteristic of all pieces struck from these dies. Very lightly carbon flecking can be discerned in the fields. Struck from heavily lapped dies, the vertical lines in the shield on the obverse have been thinned, and portions of several of the letters around the reverse periphery have been polished away. On the obverse a lint mark is seen to the left of the 1 in the date, a possible pedigree tracker that could be used in the future to identify this as a Harper Family pattern nickel. The bright surfaces show just a hint of light golden patina on each side. One of the finest known examples of this desirable, transitional Shield nickel, tied with two others as the finest certified by PCGS (4/96). (PCGS# 60418)

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    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
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