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1866 Washington Five Cents in White Metal
1866 5C Five Cents, Judd-526, Pollock-554, High R.7, PR64
PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Two different 1866-dated George
Washington dies were muled to create this intriguing piece that was
apparently struck from dies that the Mint sold as scrap. Struck in
white metal with a reeded edge. The person who actually struck
these pieces is not known today, although they are sometimes
attributed to either Joseph Mickley or Sylvester Crosby. There are
at least three, perhaps four examples known. Among the most active
collecting specialties in the middle 19th century was Washingtonia,
and these pieces may have been created as trading stock for the
maker. This piece has trivial rim marks, and exhibits delicate gold
toning over its light gray surfaces. A detailed article by the late
George Fuld is available at USPatterns.com.
Struck from Scrap Dies
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 60723)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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