Three Cents Obverse Nickel Patterns
1868 5C Five Cents, Judd-633, Pollock-705, R.5

This pattern for a five cent nickel is similar to the regular design for the three cent nickel as introduced in 1865, with the obverse similar to the three cent nickel obverse but larger, with a prominent star on Liberty's coronet. On the reverse, a laurel wreath is topped with a small Maltese cross. A ribbon with IN GOD WE TRUST wraps beneath the cross, and the whole ensemble surrounds a large V in the center, again paralleling the regular three cent issue. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. This is the High Date subvariety of this pattern, with the date equidistant between the denticles and bust truncation.

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1867 5C Five Cents, Judd-567, Pollock-628, Low R.7

The obverse design is a larger diameter adaptation of the contemporary three cent nickel. The reverse has a prominent Arabic 5 and a sparse peripheral wreath. CENTS and the motto are in small letters. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

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1871 5C Five Cents, Judd-1053, Pollock-1188, High R.6

The bust of Liberty is similar to that seen on the issued three cent nickel. Simple laurel wreath and denomination reverse. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

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1868 5C Five Cents, Judd-623, Pollock-692, Low R.6

The obverse is similar to the contemporary three cent nickel, although larger in scale and with a wide rim. The reverse has 5 CENTS in the center encircled by a laurel wreath, and IN GOD WE TRUST at the top in very small letters. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

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1871 5C Five Cents, Judd-1050, Pollock-1184, Low R.6

The obverse bears a portrait of Liberty similar to that used on the nickel three cent piece. The date is below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is above the central device. The reverse depicts a reversed Roman numeral five and the word CENTS is within a wreath. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

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1867 5C Five Cents, Judd-566, Pollock-627, Low R.6

The obverse features a bust of Liberty facing left, wearing a coronet, surrounded by the legend and date. The denomination is within a laurel wreath that is close to the edges on the reverse, with a tiny IN GOD WE TRUST above. CENTS is in a straight line. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

Judd-566 rates as one of the more plentiful five cent patterns of the 1865 to 1867 period, with about two dozen known. In addition to the patterns struck in nickel, examples were also struck in copper with only about half a dozen known.

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1867 5C Five Cents, Judd-570, Pollock-638, R.5

A bust of Liberty wearing a coronet and facing left dominates the obverse design. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around the periphery with the date below. The top of the 7 is distant from the curl. The reverse shows 5 CENTS centered within a laurel wreath with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST at the top. CENTS is in a curved line. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

A relatively plentiful pattern variety with more than 30 examples known, according to the R.5 rarity rating. In addition to these nickel patterns, this die combination was also struck in copper, with only four or five known.

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1868 5C Five Cents, Judd-624, Pollock-693, Low R.6

The obverse is similar to the regular-issue three cent nickel, while the reverse has a large numeral 5 with small CENTS below, a laurel wreath encircling. IN GOD WE TRUST is in tiny letters above. Struck on a broad planchet in nickel with a plain edge.

Between regular and broad planchets, plain or reeded edge, and nickel, copper, and aluminum strikings, it would be possible to assemble a type set composed just of the 1868 five cent patterns. The rarest confirmed variety is the Judd-629, aluminum, plain edge, regular-size planchet, of which less than a half-dozen are estimated to exist.

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1868 5C Five Cents, Judd-626, Pollock-695, R.7

The obverse is similar to the regular-issue three cent nickel, while the reverse has a large numeral 5 with small CENTS below, a laurel wreath encircling. IN GOD WE TRUST is in tiny letters above. Struck on a regular-size planchet in copper with a plain edge.

This is among the rarest of the various five cent patterns of 1868, with the sole exception of the Judd-629 aluminum, plain edge, regular-size variant (the large-size aluminum, Judd-629a, plain edge, is unconfirmed although mentioned in the Taxay reference). USPatterns.com estimates that the copper, plain edge Judd-626 on regular-size planchet has less than a half-dozen pieces known, including a die spacer setup piece (Bowers and Merena, 11/1983, lot 2474).

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1869 5C Five Cents, Judd-684, Pollock-763, R.5

The obverse design is similar to the adopted three cent nickel, but in larger format, and a star is added to Liberty's coronet. The reverse features a large Roman numeral V inside a laurel wreath. At the top of the wreath are the words IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll, and a cross rests squarely atop the design. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

The Coronet Head patterns issued in 1869 were offered in three-piece sets for sale to collectors. The sets consisted of a one cent, Judd-666, a three cent, Judd-676, and this five cent, Judd-684. Pollock quotes Dr. Judd who stated that the three-coin sets were sold at the Mint for nine dollars.

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1869 5C Five Cents, Judd-685, Pollock-764, R.7

The obverse design is similar to the adopted three cent nickel but in larger format, and a star is added to Liberty's coronet. The reverse features a large Roman numeral V inside a laurel wreath. At the top of the wreath are the letters IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll, and a cross rests squarely atop the design. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

The reverse design was first used for Judd-529 and Judd-530 in 1866, assuming of course that all the various five cent patterns of the late 1860s were struck chronologically.

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1871 5C Five Cents, Judd-1051, Pollock-1185, Low R.6

The head of Liberty wearing a coronet faces left, much as on the circulating three cent nickel, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the date 1871 below. On the reverse a laurel wreath encloses V / CENTS, the latter in an upcurving arc, with the V shaded on the right side rather than the left, in the words of the Judd reference "presenting a curious appearance." Struck in copper with a plain edge.

Previous editions of the Judd reference and Pollock's 1994 work on the subject considered Judd-1051 to be an R.5 pattern. Today it is rated Low R.6 like its nickel counterpart. Examples were also struck in aluminum and are more challenging to locate. The current specimen--important pedigree and all--is offered now for the first time in over 15 years.

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1871 5C Five Cents, Judd-1054, Pollock-1189, R.6

The head of Liberty wearing a coronet faces left, much as on the circulating three cent nickel, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the date 1871 below. On the reverse a laurel wreath encloses 5 / CENTS, the latter in an upcurving arc. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

Another "custom reverse" that was employed rather than the many 1866-67 reverse die choices that were undoubtedly left over from that extensive series of pattern five cent pieces.

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Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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