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    1850 Mormon Five, MS63 Red and Brown
    Rare Uniface Copper Restrike, K-7

    1850 $5 Mormon Five Dollar, Uniface Copper Restrike, Plain Edge, K-7, R.7, MS63 Red and Brown NGC. Some private individuals issued an extensive series of uniface copper "die trials" in 1897-1898, using the original dies for Mormon gold coinage from the Gold Rush era. The origin of these pieces remains undocumented, but it has been suggested they were produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mormon settlement of Salt Lake City. Don Kagin was uncharacteristically inconsistent in classifying these issues in his series reference, listing the design with the clasped hands and date as the obverse of the five dollar copper restrike on page 369 of his series reference, while listing the same design as the reverse on the regular-issue Mormon gold coins on page 314. He also listed the restrikes as a reeded edge design, but this piece has a plain edge.

    This impressive Select specimen offers well-detailed design elements throughout, and the well-preserved surfaces show some evidence of die rust. A mix of original red and crimson patina blankets the pleasing surfaces, with vibrant mint luster underneath.
    Ex: ANA Convention Auction (Kagin's, 8/1983), lot 3673.


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