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1913 Type Two Buffalo Nickel Struck on a Half Eagle Planchet

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US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando #1326


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1913 5C Type Two Buffalo Nickel -- Struck on a Half Eagle Planchet, Test Cut -- PCGS Genuine. AU Details. 8.33 grams. The weight is similar to the statutory weight of an Indian half eagle, 8.359 grams. The standard weight for a Buffalo nickel is 5 grams. The caramel-gold surfaces display light high-point wear, and are unblemished aside from a bright rim scrape on the reverse at 7:30, that PCGS has deemed a test cut. The fields exhibit an orange-peel texture usual for coins struck from long-in-use dies. The motive behind the striking is unknown. It seems unlikely that a half eagle planchet, worth more than a day's wages in 1913, would find its way between Buffalo nickel dies inadvertently. But if it was a piece de caprice, or a pattern, it would likely be in undamaged Mint State, and struck on newly installed dies. Six Indian cents are known struck on quarter eagle planchets; three dated 1900, and one each dated 1905, 1906, and 1907. The 1907 gold cent has not been seen in many decades. Dr. Judd listed the 1900 and 1907 pieces as patterns, but the latest edition categorizes them as mint errors. For many years, Eric P. Newman owned a 1913 Type Two nickel that he believed was struck on a copper planchet, but it proved to be plated. Although the history of the present lot is unknown, it is undeniably a remarkable and unique coin that would command attention with every appearance.

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