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    1866 Shield Five Cent in Copper
    Judd-508, Gloriously Toned PR66 Brown

    First Use of the 1867 No Rays Proof Reverse

    1866 5C Shield Five Cents, Judd-508, Pollock-592, High R.6, PR66 Brown NGC. CAC. Ex: Bass/ANA Museum Display. The obverse is the regular Shield nickel die of 1866, while the reverse is the No Rays die used on the 1867 No Rays nickels. Struck in copper with a plain edge. (Note that the last 6 is noticeably larger than the first 6; while this also appears on the regular 1866 Shield nickels, it is a phenomenon we have not noticed until now.) "Brown" is such an ugly word for this gloriously toned Premium Gem proof, largely mint-green and gold with daubs of orange amid highly reflective surfaces on each side. In the 1971 ANA offering it was described as "mostly Red in color." A gorgeous example of this pattern issue, of which USPatterns.com suggests that fewer than a dozen survive. This is believed to be the first No Rays proof die, with star points above CENTS (below the 5) pointing between EN and TS. All other No Rays dies show the star pointing to E and T. (This is the same die that shows the three stars above and right of the 5 pointing to, respectively, the upright of E in STATES, nearly to the center of O(F), and to the center of A(MERICA). This is the same die of which the Bowers Guide Book writes,"The earliest, and today the rarest, Proofs use Reverse Style C (stars point under upright of E and at center of A). These were probably included in the first delivery of 25 full Proof sets of the 1867 year ... ."
    Ex: Stack's (10/1950), lot 70; ANA Sale (Stack's, 8/1971), lot 347; purchased from Stanley Kesselman, August 30, 1971. Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation. Accompanied by an inventory tag showing recent provenance. HBCC-6064 (Bass Sylloge number).
    Selections From The Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation's A.N.A. Museum Display.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29L7, PCGS# 60704)


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