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1865 Rays Shield Nickel in Nickel
1865 5C Shield Five Cents, Judd-416, Pollock-488, High R.6,
PR65+ Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse features the
familiar shield motif used for regular-issue coinage in 1866, but
dated 1865. The reverse design is the Rays variety used in 1866 and
early 1867. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. Judd-416 can be
found with and without a centering dot within the 5 of the
denomination. It is believed that this feature distinguishes
originals (with dot) from restrikes (no dot), according to research
by Victoria Stone-Moledor. Saul Teichman of USPatterns.com adds:
"Regardless of their status, these are very popular with both
pattern and nickel 5 cent collectors. About two dozen are known in
nickel of J416/P488 and slightly fewer than a dozen are known" in
copper (Judd-417). Mostly brilliant surfaces feature an
eye-catching Cameo appearance, with a few streaks of thin golden
color on each side.
Judd-416, PR65+ Cameo
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 534968)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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