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    Pure Nickel Five-Cent Pattern From 1896, Judd-1771

    1896 Five-Cents, Judd-1771, Pollock-1986, R.6, PR 65 PCGS. A large shield is used as the central device with two long poles behind, one with a Phrygian cap on top, the other with an eagle, a scroll with LIBERTY engraved on it is draped across the center of the shield, the date is below, and E PLURIBUS UNUM above. The reverse has a large numeral 5 in the center with CENTS below, surrounded by a curved olive sprig, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. Struck from pure nickel with a plain edge. Pure nickel, in addition to being magnetic, is also extremely difficult to work with in coinage form. Its hardness makes it difficult to fully bring up all the details in the dies. On this coin, however, only slight softness is noted on the peripheral stars. The fields apparently did not take the die polish well, being only slightly reflective. And the surfaces overall show a mildly granular texture, also undoubtedly a result of the difficulty experienced in preparing such a planchet for striking as a proof. The coin is virtually brilliant with barely a hint of color on either side. (PCGS# 61771)

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    August, 1996
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