1866 5C Five Cents, Judd-519, Pollock-546, R.8, PR64 PCGS....Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1866 Washington Five Cents in Brass
1866 5C Five Cents, Judd-519, Pollock-546, R.8, PR64 PCGS.
CAC. Ex: Simpson. A portrait of George Washington faces
right on the obverse with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the
date below. The reverse is the Without Rays design adopted for
regular-issue coinage in 1867. Struck in brass with a plain edge.
The general consensus of experts is that this unique pattern was
struck outside the mint from dies sold as scrap, possibly by Joseph
Mickley who is thought to have originated other privately made
pieces from mismatched dies. The coin is struck on a nonstandard
planchet. It has a diameter of 21 mm, a thickness of 3 mm, and
weighs 115.4 grains. The sharply struck surfaces have the
yellow-green underlying color of brass with a significant overlay
of brown patina.
Likely Unique in Brass
Ex: Crosby Collection (Haseltine, 6/1883), lot 1793; Judson Brenner (1914 ANS Exhibit); Rare Coin Review 21 and 22 (Bowers and Ruddy, 1974), pp. 43 and 80; 65th Anniversary Sale (Stack's, 10/2000), lot 1599; Stack's (privately); Queller Family Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 663.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29LC, PCGS# 60716)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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