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    1866 Washington Five Cent Mule in Nickel
    Judd-521A, GW-792, PR63 Cameo

    1866 5C Five Cents, Judd-521A, Pollock-548, Baker P-46 Variety, Musante GW-792, R.8, PR63 Cameo PCGS. Ex: Garrett-Simpson. One side features a portrait of Washington with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the date below. The other exhibits a bust of Washington with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST above and the date below. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. This muling of two Washington obverse dies has something of a storied past. For years it was thought this piece was struck in silver. Metallurgical analysis by Rick Montgomery revealed in 1996 or 1997 that the coin was struck in 25% nickel, 75% copper. Further, according to Neil Musante, while this "pattern" and other Washington nickels like it were undoubtedly struck from U.S. Mint dies, they were likely produced outside the Mint by dealer John W. Haseltine "or someone in his employ" for sale to collectors. Joseph Mickey and Sylvester Crosby have also been floated as possible minters.

    Lustrous nickel-gray surfaces exhibit blushes of toning around the borders. Sharply defined, if a trifle off-center toward 7 o'clock on the IN GOD WE TRUST side, where the dentils are incomplete.
    Ex: Sylvester Sage Crosby Collection (John W. Haseltine, 6/1883), lot 1776; T. Harrison Garrett; Garrett Estate; Johns Hopkins University; Garrett Collection, Part II (Bowers and Ruddy, 3/1980), lot 991; Auction '84 (Stack's, 7/1984), lot 1226; Halpern and Warner Collections (Bowers and Merena, 3/1997), lot 2016; Collection of Samuel J. Berngard & Treasure Coins of the S.S. New York (Stack's, 7/2008), lot 4192.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535299)

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

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