Click to enlargeJ1704/P1908

Barber's nickel design. This is one of several patterns for this year using different alloys of nickel and/or copper showing their composition on the reverse within the wreath.

Examples were struck as follows:

Pure Nickel J1704/P1908. These are magnetic and weigh about 81 grains. Over a dozen are known.

Nickel J1705/P1909. These are non-magnetic and are likely struck in standard coin nickel of 75% copper and 25% nickel. Pollock lists only the former Dr Judd coin.

Aluminum J1706/P1910 with about a half dozen are known.

Photo courtesy of Heritage.