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    1866 Washington Five Cent Dies Trial in Lead
    'Judd-520a,' Pollock-547, AU58

    1866 5C Washington Five Cent Lead Dies Trial, 'J-520a,' Pollock-547, AU58 PCGS Secure. The obverse shows a portrait of Washington facing right with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and date below. The reverse is from the Without Rays dies adopted for regular-issue coinage in 1867. Struck in lead on a broad planchet with a plain edge. These Washington five cent patterns were privately made from official government dies. Neil Musante suggests 19th century dealer John W. Haseltine or someone in his employ was able to procure the dies and sold these mulings to collectors. Examples are known in silver, nickel, copper, brass, and lead. Five lead examples are known, three of which have a cracked reverse and two that are uncracked, suggesting two striking periods. This dies trial, apparently unique and unlisted in the Judd or Musante references, is one of three with the crack that extends from the second S in STATES down through the 5, the star below, and the E in CENT to the lower rim. Pollock writes, "struck on a crude oversize planchet." The unstruck area of the planchet exhibits nicks and flakes on each side but is generally smooth. Washington's portrait, the stars, and denomination are well-detailed, if slightly uneven. This is an important pattern and a curious piece of Washingtonia that requires additional research.
    Ex: Metropolitan Washington Sale (Kagin's, 7/1975), lot 1125; ANA Auction (Kagin's, 8/1977), lot 2109; Empire State Collection (Stack's, 1/1997), lot 1265.
    From The Collection of William Rau, Part II.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 673873, Base PCGS# 60717)


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