1866 5C Five Cents, Judd-526, Pollock-554, High R.7, PR64 ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1866 Washington Five Cents in White Metal
1866 5C Five Cents, Judd-526, Pollock-554, High R.7, PR64
PCGS. 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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