Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    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. 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)

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

    View all of [Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part II ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    19th-22nd Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 277

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 April 21 - 27 Central States World Coins Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I would like to take this opportunity to express dea's appreciation for the outstanding work and expertise your office provided in handling this sale.
    [ Entire Letter » ]
    Thomas Dolan, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Agency,
    Denver, CO
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search