Click to enlargeJ583/P643

This muling of the 1867 Liberty head with star on coronet and the regular without rays reverse die 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 known as follows:

Nickel J582/P642 with only 2 or 3 known including:

1) Wilcox - PCGSAU50

2) Crosby (Haseltine 6/1883 lot 1803), unknown intermediaries, Lohr (Empire Fixed Price List), B/M 10/2005, StacksBowers 8/2012, Heritage 1/2013 - PCGS61

Silver J583/P643 with only 2 or 3 known including one ex Heritage 8/01, Wilcox - PCGSAU55.

For an early appearance see Haseltine 1/1885 W.H. Smith sale lot 1111 where one was described as being nickel and silver composition.

Note: 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 Heritage.