1882 5C Liberty Head Five Cents, Judd-1689, Pollock-1891, High R.7, PR66 NGC. CAC. Design. Similar to the adopted design of the 1883 No Cents nickel, with the addition of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST at the upper obverse border. The obverse stars are arranged seven left and six right. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. Commentary. One of many designs for the five cent denomination proposed in 1882 in anticipation of the Liberty nickel motif adopted the following year. This design was also struck in nickel (Judd-1687), and a single copper example (Judd-1688) is reported. An example of both Judd-1687 and Judd-1689 were exhibited at the 1914 ANS Exhibition by Mr. Judson Brenner. Nickel examples are not too difficult to locate, but probably no more than six copper specimens remain extant. The present coin is the single finest certified at NGC or PCGS (3/13). Physical Description. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout on this spectacular Premium Gem, with individually countable kernels on the ears of corn. The devices exhibit moderate mint frost and the fields are brightly reflective, with a few wisps of golden-tan and lavender toning. A few tiny lint marks are visible in the right obverse field, and some die striations are evident on the reverse, but close inspection reveals only the most insignificant signs of contact. Overall visual appeal is terrific. Census: 1 in 66, 0 finer (3/13). Provenance. "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $20; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. From The Eric P. Newman Collection.
From Newman I (Heritage Auctions, 4/2013), lot 4034, realized $14100.00. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, https://ha.com.
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