One of the precursors to the 1883 Liberty nickel, this one has E Pluribus Unum above the wreath on the reverse. Examples were struck as follows:
Nickel J1680/P1882 with about 2 dozen known.
Nickel with 5 raised ridges on edge J1683/P1883. This is one of the famous 'Blind Man's' nickels. Only 3 were struck according to the addenda in Haseltine's March 1883 sale but this is not correct as more than that many are known including the following:
1) Elder 10/1908 lot 228? and/or Elder 2/1909?, Mitchelson-CSL
2) B/R 6/75, B/R 10/77, Stacks 1/87, Wilcox - NGC64
3) B/M 1/94, Heritage 96 ANA, B/M 1/03, Heritage 2004 ANA, Southern collection, Simpson collection - PCGS64
4) Novoselsky, B/M 10/00 - PCGS65
NGC also shows one graded NGC67 which if it is not the same as #4 would be a 5th.
One of these is ex Norweb-NN 9/53 sale. It is likely earlier from one of the Elder sales noted above.
Copper J1681/P1884 with about a half dozen known.
Aluminum J1682/P1885 with less than a half dozen known.
A second design with finer dentils was also created. According to Pollock, this pattern is also slightly thinner in diameter 21mm vs 22mm.
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