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    Judd-520, The Only Five-Cent Pattern Struck in Lead

    1866 Five-Cents, Judd-520, Pollock-547, R.8, PR60 PCGS. The central device features George Washington facing right, the date below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. The reverse is the regular issue dies for the Shield nickel, without rays. Struck in lead with a plain edge.
    Struck on an oversized planchet the reverse shows a heavy, nearly vertical, rim-to-rim die crack. Each side is dark, chocolate-brown in color. There are several surface problems which account for the grade, chief of which is a long, diagonal scrape along the upper portion of the neck of Washington. A planchet flake is noted in the field out from the M in AMERICA, and the pimply evidence of die rust can be seen throughout the obverse.
    Formerly considered an R.8 in the Judd reference, Pollock cites only two pieces of this rare pattern, while Fuld lists a third in an unpublished manuscript on patterns, the Boyd-Farouk specimen which last appeared in auction in 1983. Apparently all three were owned at one time by Sylvester Crosby. One of these lead pieces was even exhibited at the legendary ANS exhibition in 1914. The Judd-520 is the only pattern nickel struck in lead. As such, it is highly coveted by advanced collectors. While this piece has several obvious surface problems, these superficial deficiencies are more than offset by the coin's extreme rarity.
    Ex: R.K. Harris (Kreisberg-Schulman, 5/58), lot 2496; Auction '89 (Stack's, 7/89), lot 1848; Bowers and Merena (9/94), lot 932.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 60717)

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    Auction Dates
    August, 1996
    14th-17th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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