$5.00 Coronet Half Eagle Patterns
1876 $5 Five Dollar, Judd-1484, Pollock-1637, R.8, PR65 Red and Brown NGC

This copper five dollar pattern is struck from the regular dies for the 1876 half eagle. Judd lists as a die trial; USPatterns.com calls it a pattern likely deliberately struck for sale to collectors.

$35,000.25 (Jan 6, 2010 HA.com)
1865 $5 Five Dollar, Judd-446, Pollock-518, High R.6, PR66 Brown NGC

The obverse die is the regular design for the year. The reverse is the design adopted in 1866, with the scroll over the eagle's head and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST added. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.
A true transitional pattern, struck in 1865. More than a dozen pieces survive, leading experts to conclude that some examples may be restrikes from the 1870s. The patterns were often sold as sets in the 1870s. Idler was well known for his connections at the Mint, which gives credence to the speculation about restrikes.

$8,625.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)

1871 $5 Five Dollar, Judd-1171, Pollock-1313, R.8, PR64 PCGS

Regular dies for the Coronet half eagle, struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. There is verdigris on Liberty's head, hidden by her hair and crown. The present example is the only Judd-1313 certified by either major service and is the plate coin on USPatterns.com web page. On that important reference web page, they state that "3 to 4 are believed to exist" in aluminum.

$23,000.00 (Apr 26, 2006 HA.com)
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