1868 $5 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-656 Gilt, Pol...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1868 Five Dollars, Judd-656 Gilt, PR64
1868 $5 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-656 Gilt,
Pollock-729, Low R.7, PR64 PCGS.
Early International Coinage Experiment
Ex: Simpson. Anthony Paquet's design for an international five dollar coin equal to the value of a proposed 25 franc piece. The obverse depicts Liberty, facing left, hair bound with a ribbon and star at the front. The reverse is simply inscribed 5 / DOLLARS / 25 / FRANCS in the center with a laurel and oak wreath surrounding. Struck in gilt copper with a reeded edge. While most European nations use the euro that was introduced two decades ago, non-collectors react with surprise to learn of 19th century international coinage experiments that include this dual denomination pattern, along with the 1874 Bickford ten and the metric issues of 1879 and 1880. This lovely gilt pattern exhibits brilliant light yellow fields that contrast with the lustrous devices. Trivial rim nicks are inconsequential on this impressive pattern.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535090)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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