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    Gem 1881 Five-Cent Pattern, Judd-1672, One of the Finest Known

    1881 Five-Cents, Judd-1672, Pollock-1873, R.6-7, PR 65 Red and Brown, PCGS. An early prototype of the Liberty nickel with the head of Liberty facing left, date below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the perimeter. The reverse has a large Roman numeral V in the center, surrounded by a wreath of corn, wheat, and cotton. Struck in copper with a plain edge. Obviously much scarcer than Judd's initial assessment of 31-75 pieces possibly surviving today. PCGS has only certified five pieces to date (5/96) in all colors. The original red luster has evenly mellowed on both sides with a faint overlay of brown now evident. This is the finest certified, and may well be the finest known of this issue. (PCGS# 61672)

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    August, 1996
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