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    1866 Quarter Eagle Struck in Nickel
    Judd-542, PR67 Cameo
    Tied for Finest

    1866 $2.50 Quarter Eagle, Judd-542, Pollock-607, High R.7, PR67 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The regular dies for the 1866 quarter eagle are struck here in nickel with a reeded edge. The Judd patterns reference tantalizingly notes that these "might be a Mint error." One example, the Mike Byers coin, was authenticated and certified at one time by NGC as an MS66 mint error struck on a three cent nickel planchet. We offered that coin in our Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2015), lot 5227, where it realized $25,850. That coin was given a weight of 2.04 gm by NGC, which is within the Mint tolerance range for the three cent nickel. That coin was subsequently certified PR66 PCGS with CAC green bean as a "regular" Judd-542 in the May 2016 Stack's Bowers auction, lot 145, realizing $23,500.

    Apparently four of these coins are traced today. While it is true that the three cent nickels were introduced in 1865 and the planchet sizes are very close, it strains credulity to believe that four of the same mint error were unintentionally struck.

    The present example is a Superb Gem Cameo proof, noticeably nicer than the piece discussed above, which had a couple of obvious luster grazes below stars 4 and 5. The fields are nicely mirrored and a uniform rose-gray color, contrasting well against frosted devices. A subtle effect of planchet striations running diagonally southwest to northeast is neither overt nor distracting. This piece is tied for finest certified with a PR67 Cameo piece at NGC, which may be the same coin (9/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 534925)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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