1885 5C MS (PCGS# 3846)

2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139

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Lot Description
1885 5C MS65 PCGS. The 1885 is the undisputed key to the Liberty nickel series and is the stopper for any collector wishing to complete this popular series. It is seldom located in Gem or finer condition. Many collectors just give up and purchase a proof instead since those coins are reasonably available. This is a brightly lustrous, frosted example. The striking details are complete throughout, including the left ear of corn. The only mentionable mark (but not really distracting because of its location) is near the reverse rim between D and S. What appears at first glance to be a scratch in the upper reverse field is, in fact, a thin die scratch--note it is raised above the field and casts a shadow when held beneath a light. Struck from a later state of this die pairing with numerous, spindly die cracks around the margins. Population: 34 in 65, 17 finer (3/10).
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