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    1866 Lincoln Head Five Cent Nickel
    Judd-486, PR64 Cameo
    Only Lincoln Portrait Pattern

    1866 5C Five Cents, King-525, Judd-486, Pollock-575, Cunningham-15-510N, Low R.7, PR64 Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The head of Abraham Lincoln faces right, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the date 1866 below. The reverse shows a rather tall, thin, graceful 5 with curved CENTS below, inside a laurel wreath. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

    It's fair to say that most U.S. pattern coins feature an obverse device emblematic of Liberty, or occasionally, in the case of the year 1866, as here, of George Washington. But the Judd-486 through 488 five cent patterns, struck in nickel, copper, and bronze, respectively, are the only U.S. patterns with the portrait of Abe Lincoln. As such, they are the object of intense interest among committed collectors. USPatterns.com accounts for about nine surviving in nickel and an equal number in copper. This is, however, insufficient to meet the intense demand.

    This piece is the only Cameo example certified at PCGS. Lightly toned fields are primarily rose-gray with deeper color on the devices. A bit of slate-gray patina occurs in the upper reverse field. Overall, this is an extremely attractive example of a coin that should see much interest at auction from both pattern and Lincoln specialists. The last non-Cameo in this PCGS grade was lot 6158 in our 2017 FUN Signature, which brought $22,325. Population: 1 in 64 Cameo, 0 finer (8/20).
    Ex: Philadelphia Americana (Stack's Bowers, 9/2011), lot 5774.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535231)


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    19th-22nd Thursday-Sunday
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