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    1883 Aluminum Liberty Head
    Five Cent, Judd-1706, PR65

    1883 5C Liberty Head Five Cents, Judd-1706, Pollock-1910, High R.7, PR65 NGC.
    Design.
    The obverse is similar in design to the Liberty nickel adopted in this year, except the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA replaces the stars. On the reverse a wreath of corn, cotton, maple, and wheat surrounds a central inscription that reads PURE NICKEL. FIVE CENTS is separated above and below with seven stars left and six right. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.

    Commentary.
    So much for truth in advertising. Despite the reverse inscription, the piece is struck in aluminum, a metal that was still quite rare at the time. The various patterns imitating the Liberty Head design of Charles Barber are popular with both pattern collectors and aficionados of the regular series. Perhaps four to six specimens are known. The total certified population stands at six pieces between NGC and PCGS, with this specimen tied with three others as the finest at PR65 (10/08).

    Physical Description.
    A light soupçon of bluish-silver is seen over surfaces that are predominantly silver-white. Some grayish flecks appear, undistractingly so, under a loupe, with good contrast the hallmark of both sides.

    Provenance.
    Ex: Paramount (7/1986).
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 2AKU, PCGS# 62122)


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

    View all of [The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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