Click to enlargeJ521/P549

This muling of the Washington "United States of America" and "In God We Trust" obverse dies is believed to have been struck outside the mint from dies sold as scrap metal which were purchased by Joseph Mickley. Many of these coins ended up in the Crosby collection. It is not known if Mickley or Crosby was the actual minter of these coins.

Examples are listed as follows:

Nickel J521A/P548 with 2 or 3 known.

1) Crosby (Lot 1776); Garrett (Lot 991), $11,000, 72.1 grains (called silver); Stack’s ‘Auction 84’ (Lot 1226), July 1984; B & M ‘Halpern-Warner’ (Lot 2016), Mar. 1997 (called nickel), Stacks 7/08

2) Boyd; Farouk (Lot 1803); Green; Fuld; Picker; Kosoff; Crouch (Lot 208); Stack’s (Lot 569), Mar. 1985; W. Wilcox, 88.3 grains, .853 in. - NGC62

Silver J521/P549 with 2 or 3 known.

1) Roach (Lot 2902); Mehl ‘Olsen’ (Lot 417), 1944; Lohr; Empire Coin Co.; B & R Rare Coin Review, No. 21 (1974), p. 43; B & R ‘River Oaks’ (Lot 298), Nov. 1976; Stack’s (Lot 503), Jan. 1987; Queller-Heritage 1/09 - NGC61

2) Stacks 7/08, Heritage 8/13, StacksBowers 2/14 - PCGS61

It is highly recommended that all examples described as nickel and/or silver be tested.

Copper J522/P550 with 3 known

1) Crosby (Lot 1778); Stack’s ‘Garrett’ (Lot 583), Mar. 1976; Stack’s (Lot 456), Dec. 1980; J.E. Drew, Heritage 1996 ANA (Lot 5117), PCGS Proof-64, $4,620, Wilcox.

2) J.C. Mitchelson, 1913; Connecticut State Library (Inv. No. 11915).

3) Woodin; Judson Brenner specimen (ANS, 1914) per Taxay.

Brass J523/P551 which is unique and ex Crosby (Lot 1780); Garrett (Lot 992), Stack’s ‘Auction 84’ (Lot 1227), July 1984; Rarcoa ‘Auction 89’ (Lot 358), July 1989, Wilcox - NGC64.

White Metal J524/P552 with only the Fuld; Picker; Kosoff; Crouch (Lot 209) in white metal, copper-plated and then brass-plated over white metal, specific gravity 11.15; B & R Rare Coin Review, No. 30 (1978) p. 67, and No. 31 (1978) p. 62; B & R ‘Hall Collection’ (Lot 2216), Oct. 1978 piece confirmed.

These were made from planchets which are not mint standard so attributions as to the true composition of these is questionable. Metallurgical analysis of these is recommended.

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Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.