1866 Pattern 5C, Judd-520, Pollock-547, R.7-8, Proof 60 PCGS
Lot 1431
1866 Pattern 5C, Judd-520, Pollock-547, R.7-8, Proof 60 PCGS
US$ 20,000 - 24,000
£12,000 - 15,000

Lot Details
1866 5C J-520 PR60 R.8
1866 Pattern 5C, Judd-520, Pollock-547, R.7-8, Proof 60 PCGS
The obverse features George Washington facing right, the date 1860 below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding. The reverse is the regular issue dies for the Shield nickel, without rays. Struck in lead with a plain edge. Struck on an oversized planchet, a heavy, vertical, die break extends from 7 o'clock to almost 1 o'clock on the reverse. Each side presents a deep chocolate-brown color. There are several surface problems which account for the grade, however, none are overly detracting considering the basal Proof 60 grade assignment. Formerly considered an R.8 in the Judd reference, Pollock cites only two pieces of this rare pattern, while Fuld lists a third in an unpublished manuscript on patterns, the Boyd-Farouk specimen which last appeared in auction in 1983. The Judd-520 is the only pattern nickel struck in lead. As such, it is highly coveted by pattern collectors. The minor surface problems are more than offset by the coin's extreme rarity. (PCGS 60717)
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