Click to enlargeJ492/P579

This is the second shield nickel design with small motto and split date combined with the Tall 5 reverse.

Examples were struck as follows:

Nickel J492/P579 This is unique and is ex Gschwend lot 242, Farouk lot 1800, R.K. Harris (Kreisberg-Schulman 2/58) lot 2481. The listing by Taxay of the thin planchet example ex-Gschwend lot 244 was actually the Clapp-Eliasberg example of J489/P577.

Copper J493/P580 This is also possibly unique with auction listings including Gschwend lot 243 and Hydeman lot 861. The Newcomer inventory had one and a coin with a similar description "large crude 5" was consigned by Armin Brand to BG Johnson in 1936.

Incomplete white metal obverse splashers, P3278 and P3279 are in the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

The obverse die contains a die cutting error. The motto was started too far to the right in a location similar to the regular 1866 shield nickel obverse die and then corrected. The second leaf points to the remnants of the letter "T" as shown in the image below.

Discovery and image courtesy of Lou Butterfield.

This is a composite. Photos used are courtesy of Heritage and Superior.