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    1883 Pattern Five-Cent Struck in Aluminum From "Pure Nickel" Dies

    1883 Five-Cents, Judd-1706, Pollock-1910, R.7, PR 64 PCGS. The obverse features Charles Barber's head of Liberty facing left as adopted on the Liberty nickel in this year, the date is below with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the margin in place of stars. The reverse reads PURE NICKEL in the center, surrounded by a wreath of cotton and corn, FIVE above, CENTS below, seven stars left, and six right. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. The fields are deeply mirrored and the surfaces overall are bright and show no traces of oxidation. There are several very light streaks of grease that were struck into the left side of the obverse at the time of manufacture--these should not be confused with spotting or oxidation. The fields show evidence of having been struck from striated dies (which imparts the proof finish), and there are several small ticks as well as several tiny planchet flakes, none of which detract in any significant way from the overall attractiveness of this rare pattern. This is the second finest example certified with one gem graded by PCGS (5/96), and there are no J-1706 patterns included in the five major institutional holdings of patterns surveyed for this auction. (NGC ID# 2AB4, PCGS# 61706)

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    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
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