1938 5C PR (PCGS# 4175)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 995
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This delightful Superb Gem is dusted with iridescent golden-gray iridescence that is more widely distributed on the reverse. Both sides are equally smooth with a full strike and vibrant mint reflectivity. Condition Census quality for this, the premiere proof issue in the ongoing Jefferson nickel series.<br /> The Jefferson nickel is the work of Felix Schlag, whose design was chosen by a panel of judges through an open competition. Interestingly, Schlag's original reverse design featured a side view of the Jefferson home at Monticello, which was changed by directive of the Treasury Department to the frontal view depicted in the final design. Once Schlag complied with the Treasury Department's request, regular issue production began during the second week of September 1938. A total of 19,365 proofs were struck in the Philadelphia Mint by the end of that year.