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Obverse of (1938) Five Cents Dir Trial


CoinFacts No.: CF-P1938-01

Rarity: Unique

Variety equivalents:
Judd - unlisted
Pollock - unlisted

This uniface copper die trial weighs 109.4 grains and measures .854 inches in diameter.  It is the only known die trial for the entire Jefferson Head Nickel series.  Although unsigned, experts believe the die to be the work of Felix Schlag, the man who designed the final version of the Jefferson Nickel in 1938.  Most likely, this was a rejected design.  The numismatic community was unaware of this coin's existence until 2003, when it appear in an estate auction along with other numismatic items.

Images courtesy of Byers Numismatic Corp.

Significant examples (1 known):
PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above).  Purchased unattributed at an estate sale in 2003.  Upon certification by PCGS, the coin was acquired by Byers Numismatic Corporation.  As of October 5, 2003, the coin was available for an asking price of $100,000.00