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    1861 Five Dollar in Copper
    Judd-283, PR65+ Red

    1861 $5 Five Dollar, Judd-283, Pollock-336, R.6-7, PR65+ Red PCGS. Ex: Simpson. This rarely seen five dollar pattern is a large-diameter coin with the Longacre design from 1860: Liberty facing right, wearing a Phyrgian cap, three stars above the forehead, date below. The reverse is also from a Longacre design and shows a spread-winged eagle. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. The lettering appears to have been done by Anthony Paquet. Interestingly, the V in FIVE on the lower reverse is an inverted A -- seen here with no attempt made to polish away the crossbar of the A. These pieces are known on both thin and thick planchets. This is a thin planchet piece.

    These patterns were proposed as an anticounterfeiting measure; by making the diameter of the coin larger the thickness would be reduced, thereby making it more difficult to drill out the interior of the coin and fill it with a metal other than gold. The still-lustrous red surfaces show just a bit of blue in the fields, more so on the reverse. A few specks and spots of carbon are seen on each side.
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2009), lot 2809.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 80429)

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