Click to enlargeJ631/P701

This design employs the obverse die without star on Liberty's coronet with a simple laurel wreath with "V" for the denomination and a small Maltese cross at the top.

This design, struck only in copper, is extremely rare only 2 or 3 known as follows:

1) Woodin, Newcomer (as AW683, see note below), Col Green, Wade, Stacks 71 ANA, Bass-HWBRF, B/M 5/99, Wilcox - PCGS64BN

2) Kagin 1/75 ?, SImpson-Heritage 9/20 - PCGS65RB, illustrated above

3) Ivy 8/80 ANA, Kagin 8/85 - this coin does not appear to plate match to #2.

Additional listings include Lohr and Kosoff 1/68 FPL.

Note: I believe Adams & Woodin intended this pattern to be AW683. Judd/Breen applied this Adams & Woodin number to the regular dies trial piece J635/P707 in error instead. I am basing this on the price for one of these in the Newcomer appraisal at $40 when die trials were only valued at a few dollars and this is the only 5 cent pattern of this year struck only in copper without an AW number.

A similar design whose only difference is the addition of a star on Liberty's coronet is J633/P704-5.

An incomplete reverse die trial JA1868-2/P3344 is also known.

Photo courtesy of PCGS.