1866 Two-Headed Washington Nickel
1866 5C Five Cents, Judd-521, Pollock-549, R.8, PR61 PCGS.
This is a fantastic (used in the sense of fantasy) muling of two
obverse dies, originally used on Judd-461 and Judd-464, to create a
two-headed coin. The obverse shows a portrait of Washington, with
the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around, and the date below. The
reverse has a bust of Washington, with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST
above, and the date below. Struck slightly off-center, in silver,
with a plain edge.
Struck in Silver, Judd-521, PR61
This is a rare issue that was struck from genuine Mint dies, but was almost certainly not struck in the Mint. Specimens of this design have been reported on nonstandard planchets in a bewildering variety of metals. The large diameter and use of an expensive metal, like silver, to test the dies for a nickel coin was not standard Mint procedure. A more complete explanation of the origin of this pattern may be found in our 2009 FUN Signature Auction.
Experts can account for only three survivors today. This piece has brilliant but somewhat dulled surfaces with minimal reflectivity in the fields. Most easily identifiable by a smattering of small spots in the center of the reverse (the IN GOD WE TRUST side).
Ex: Samuel Berngard Collection (Stack's, 7/2008), lot 4191. (NGC ID# 29LD, PCGS# 60718)
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