1883

This year saw additional testing of 5 cent pieces using 3 obverse dies combined with 6 reverse dies.

The first 4 patterns supposedly test different combinations of copper and nickel as shown on the reverses. J1704/P1908



J1709/P1913



J1711/P1914



J1712/P1916



This design shows the word Liberty above her head J1714/P1919



This design shows the word cents across the roman numeral V and was likely made because of unscrupulous people gold plating the first Liberty nickels and passing them off as half eagles. J1717/P1922



A copper trade dollar of this year was found included with a partial 1884 copper die trial set given to Jacob Smith, who authored the Mints visitor's guides under the name A.M. Smith for his wife.

Photos used courtesy of Heritage, Teletrade and Superior.

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