1866 5C Judd-473, Pollock-564, R.6, PR66 Cameo PCGS.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1866 Washington Head Nickel in Nickel
1866 5C Judd-473, Pollock-564, R.6, PR66 Cameo PCGS. Ex:
Eliasberg-Simpson. The Washington Head motif, the president facing
the viewer's right, with IN GOD WE TRUST above and a tiny date 1866
near the bust truncation, with the last 6 noticeably larger and
higher. The reverse employs the normal With Rays Shield nickel
reverse of 1866 (as evidence, we point to the tiny centering point
and repunching on the left side of the 5 known from the regular
proof reverse). Struck in nickel with a plain edge. The fields are
bright and surprisingly reflective for an early nickel product and
the devices are well-frosted, giving the coin its cameo effect.
Light, even golden toning is seen over each side.
Judd-473, PR66 Cameo
Ex: Wilcox Collection (Chapman Brothers, 11/1901), lot 873; to J.M. Clapp; Clapp Estate, 1942, to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 10/1996), lot 166.
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29KG, PCGS# 860669)
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