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    1883 Five Cent in Aluminum, PR66 Cameo
    Barber's Liberty Nickel Head, Judd-1706

    1883 5C Five Cents, Judd-1706, Pollock-1910, High R.7, PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The obverse is similar in design to regular-issue Liberty nickel adopted in this year, except that UNITED STATES OF AMERICA replaces the stars. On the reverse a wreath of corn, cotton, maple, and wheat surrounds the central inscription PURE NICKEL. FIVE CENTS is separated above and below with seven stars left, six right. Struck in pure aluminum with a plain edge.

    About a half-dozen of this Charles Barber design survive today. Moving the 13 stars to the reverse, seven left, six right, and having them align top and bottom results in slightly more space between each pair of right-side stars than the left-side, an odd (or uneven) and not entirely pleasing effect. This is a well-mirrored Premium Gem Cameo proof example with no mentionable distractions, save for the striations that aluminum planchets often show once struck. A touch of grayish patina occurs on Liberty's profile and the left obverse field. The last Gem proof that we offered of this type was the Lemus-Queller example, PR65 NGC (Heritage, 1/2009, lot 1949), which brought $15,525. This piece is finer.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 62122)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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