Description1866 5C Rays MS64 NGC. The 1866 is always popular as the first year of production for five cent nickels. The rays motif proved to be a problematic design feature and was eliminated the following year. This near-Gem example exhibits the incomplete strike often seen, along with a heavy die crack near the bottom of the reverse.
Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.(Registry values: N991) (NGC ID# 22NX, PCGS# 3790)
Weight: 5.00 grams
Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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