||1861 $5 Clark, Gruber $5 Copper Dies Trial MS63 Red and Brown NGC. K-10c, R.7. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Clark, Gruber & Co. struck dies trials of their 1861 five dollar coins in both copper and white metal, with both plain and reeded edges. The dies bore the same design as the firm's regular-issue coinage. All the dies trials are very rare and seldom offered publicly. Both T. Harrison Garrett and John Work Garrett were intensely interested in Clark, Gruber & Co. patterns, and the Garrett Collection included specimens of both the plain and reeded edge 1861 copper five dollar pieces (K-10b and K-10c, respectively). The present coin is a pleasing Select example of the K-10c variety, with well-detailed design elements that show the slightest touch of softness on Liberty's hair. The surfaces show a mix of original red and medium brown patina, with a few microscopic carbon spots. Only minor signs of contact are evident. Census: 1 in 63 Red and Brown, 0 finer (8/14). Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $7.50; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $6476.60. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.