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    1867 Washington Five Cent Mule in Nickel
    Unique Judd-584A, PR63+
    Ex: Crosby-Garrett

    1867 5C Five Cents, Judd-584A, Pollock-644, Baker R-46A, Musante GW-788, Unique, PR63+ PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is modeled after the regular-issue three cent nickel and features a bust of Liberty facing left, wearing a coronet, surrounded by the legend and date 1867. On the reverse, a bust of George Washington faces right with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and the date 1866 below the bust. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

    This fantasy muling is believed to have been struck outside the Mint by dies produced within it. Most likely those dies were purchased as scrap metal, possibly by someone like well-connected Philadelphia dealer John W. Haseltine. Collectors Joseph Mickley and Sylvester Crosby have also been suggested as originators of this and other fantasy pieces from the Washington dies. The present example of Judd-584A, struck in nickel, is believed to be unique. A single example of Judd-585B is also thought to exist in silver.

    A hint of dusky gold color adorns largely brilliant nickel-gray surfaces. Minor hairlines appear on each side, but they are minor. The takeaway is the unique nature and fantastic pedigree of this made-to-order five cent rarity.
    Ex: Sylvester Sage Crosby Collection (John W. Haseltine, 6/1883), lot 1785; T. Harrison Garrett; Garrett Estate; Johns Hopkins University; Garrett Collection, Part II (Bowers and Ruddy, 3/1980), lot 999; Auction '84 (Stack's, 1984), lot 1228; Auction '89 (RARCOA, 8/1989), lot 359; Halpern and Warner Collections (Bowers and Merena, 3/1997), lot 2031; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/2003), lot 945.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 70796)


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