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    1868 Aluminum Five Dollar
    Judd-660, PR64+
    Ex: Garrett

    1868 $5 Five Dollar, Judd-660, Pollock-733, Low R.7, PR64+ PCGS. Ex: Garrett-Simpson. Regular dies trial of the 1869 quarter eagle. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. There was probably no real need for an aluminum quarter eagle dies trial in 1869; states "these were actually deliberately struck for sale to collectors as part of complete sets." It is also worth noting that while aluminum has a reputation as an inexpensive metal today, it was considered precious from its discovery until the invention of the Hall-Héroult commercial process in 1886. About a half dozen aluminum pieces are known today. As expected, the fields are deeply mirrored and the devices frosted (but unacknowledged as a Cameo by PCGS). Slight haziness prevents an even higher grade.
    Ex: Sampson's Sale (Bangs & Co., 2/16-17/1882); Garrett Collection, Part I (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 396.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 29PE, PCGS# 60878)

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