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    1882 Five Cent, Judd-1697, PR66
    The Extremely Rare 'Blind Man's Nickel'

    1882 5C Five Cents, Judd-1697, Pollock-1899, High R.7, PR66 NGC. CAC. Ex: Bass/ANA Museum Display. This is the famous "blind man's nickel," struck from the regular dies and metal of the 1882 Shield nickel, but the edge device is the distinction. Five raised bars equidistant along the edge (only four of which show in the edge-view NGC four-pronged holder) were a device to enable the blind to easily distinguish this piece in pocket change. Only four examples are substantiated of this issue: the Mitchelson piece in the Connecticut State Library; the present Bass coin; a Gem proof that sold in Stack's October 2003 Rothschild sale, lot 1042, for $21,850; and the PR67 PCGS Robert Schwan Collection example (Bowers and Merena, 10/2000), lot 2010, which brought $13,800. The authors of the Bass Sylloge wrote concerning this piece that "this is an exceedingly rare variety which stands as one of the most desired patterns in the nickel five-cent series, due to its edge." This Premium Gem proof is a well-contrasted, problem-free example with a touch of gold patina on the obverse and pastel pink and blue on the reverse, a lovely coin.
    Ex: Unspecified trade from Numismatics, Ltd., August, 12, 1974; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Research Foundation. Accompanied by an original envelope showing provenance. HBCC-6163 (Bass Sylloge number).
    Selections From The Harry Bass, Jr. Foundation's A.N.A. Museum Display. (NGC ID# 3ATS, PCGS# 62103)


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    August, 2014
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