1896 Aluminum Five Cent
1896 5C Five Cents, Judd-1772, Pollock-1989, High R.6, PR63
Design. The Charles Barber design. Shield at center obverse with LIBERTY incused. Crossed poles behind support a Liberty cap and an eagle. E PLURIBUS UNUM is at the top rim, with stars seven left, six right. On the reverse a large 5 occupies the center, with CENTS below, an olive spring surrounding and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA at the rim. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.
Commentary. One of several experiments during the year with different metallic compositions. By 1896, pure aluminum was becoming much less expensive due to improvements in separating it from its many alloys, and it was therefore given more serious consideration as a viable metal for small-denomination coinage.
Physical Description. This silver-white examples shows moderate field-device contrast. A small area of oxidation is located on the reverse rim at the M in AMERICA and serves as a pedigree marker. NGC Census: 1 in PR63, 4 finer. PCGS Population: 6 in PR63, 3 finer (12/08).
Provenance. Ex: Stack's (10/1988), lot 704.
From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two. (NGC ID# 2AMD, PCGS# 62226)
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