1882 PATTERN FIVE CENTS
Judd 1690 = Pollock 1892
Metal content: Nickel
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.
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
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.