Click to enlargeJC1912-2/P5170

This is an electrotype trial piece, in white metal, for the reverse by James Earl Fraser later used on the famous buffalo nickel which was to be in circulation from 1913 to 1938 and on patterns like P1789/P2025.

According to Pollock, "Five Cent" and "E Pluribus Unum" are smaller, the buffalo's tail is more sharply curved and "United States of America" is sharper than on the regular design of 1913.

2 examples of this 'electrotrial' were found in the Fraser estate of which one sold in Bowers and Ruddy's 1981 ANA sale and the other in Bowers and Merena's 1/85 sale.

Photo is a scan from the Bowers and Ruddy's 1981 ANA sale.