||1868 5C Five Cents, Judd-636, Pollock-708, Low R.7, PR64 NGC. CAC. The Shield nickel regular-issue dies of 1868, struck in aluminum with a plain edge. To our view, while all of the aluminum patterns of 1868 are quite rare, those with the unusual, one-off designs -- the Indian cent, two cent piece, three cent "nickel," three cent "silver," Shield nickel, and three dollar "gold" -- in aluminum possess a special cachet. This aluminum Shield nickel would certainly round out an advanced set. The bright, lustrous gray-white surfaces are problem-free with great eye appeal. This is the sole finest certified of this pattern issue at NGC, although there are also two in PR63 Cameo at that service. PCGS also shows its two finest in PR64 (8/14). Part of a complete 16-piece aluminum proof set. Ex: Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch (circa 1868); McCulloch family; Eric Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4993.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.