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Obverse of Judd 1690     Reverse of Judd 1690


Variety equivalents:
Judd 1690 = Pollock 1892

Rarity: Rare

Metal content: Nickel

Edge: Plain

Struck in Nickel, with a plain edge, Judd 1690 is an exact duplicate of the designs that were adopted for regular use in 1883, except for the 1882 date.  The reverse features lacks the word "CENTS" and gives no indication of the denomination except for the large Roman numeral V.  This omission was to cause problems in 1883 when enterprising individuals gold-plated the new coins and attempted to pass them off as $5 gold pieces.  The con artists were successful often enough to force the addition of the word "CENTS" to the reverse in 1883. 

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-65 (illustrated above).  Ex - New York Coin & Stamp Company's sale of the Edward Goldschmidt Collection, April 1895 - J.M. Clapp - Clapp estate - 1942 to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. -  Bowers and Merena Galleries, May 1996, lot 182 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 604, where it was described (in part) as follows:  "Identical to the regular issue of 1883 without Cents on the reverse. Brilliant with some hints of gold toning, and remarkably well preserved and appealing. Deeply frosted devices seem to rise miles above the reflective fields. Popular with both Pattern collectors and Liberty nickel specialists. We note the delicate fields are better than one would expect for this grade, and this is certainly a premium coin for the grade assigned."

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3432, sold for $10,925.00

NGC Proof-62 (illustrated below).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Central States" sale, April 1999, Lot 6321 - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Santa Clara" sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 7101.

Obverse of Judd 1690       Reverse of Judd 1690

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions