This muling of the 1866 Washington obverse with "United States of America and the 1867 Liberty head obverse with star on coronet 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.
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.
Examples are known as follows:
Nickel J584A/P644 with only the Crosby, Garrett-JHU, B/R 3/80, B/M 3/97, B/M 1/03 - PCGS62 confirmed. PCGS shows one graded PCGSVF35 which is probably the coin below.
Silver J584B/P644A with only the VF Bowers and Merena 1/96 sale coin known.
The white metal piece listed in as J584/P645 is not confirmed to exist and is likely a misdescription of one of the examples listed above.
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Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.