About this set: At its peak, the Sunnywood Collection included about one hundred fifty shield nickels, including many finest known and pop-top circulation strikes and proofs, as well as patterns and variety coins. In all of post-Bust coinage numismatics, the series of circulation strike Shield nickels is the richest in die varieties. Currently, the only varieties included in this PCGS Registry set are the 1866/1866, the 1873 Closed 3 and the 1883/2. (Both the FS-001 and FS-001.1 qualify as "1866/1866" coins at PCGS.) However, in addition to the varieties included here by PCGS, there are many other dramatic and fascinating treasures to be found in this series. Get out your Fivaz-Stanton "Cherrypicker's Guide" and take a look at the many amazing doubled die varieties pictured there. There's even a tripled die obverse (1876, FS-012) !!! Then there are the 1868 Reverse of '68 varieties. The different reverse dies on these coins tell a fascinating story of rapid hub deterioration. The 1868 Reverse of '68 should be a Redbook variety. Another coin that should be in the Redbook is the 1869 "tall date" (we prefer to call it "narrow date"). That's a date logotype variety, just as interesting as the design change in 1873 from Closed 3 to Open 3. There are also many widely repunched dates, overdates, misplaced digits, hub doublings and more to be found in this series. The Sunnywood Collection has specialized in mint state examples of prominent varieties, such as an 1871/1871 FS-006.5 in MS66, an 1876 FS-012 TDO in MS66, and a complete set of all four types of 1883/2 grading MS64 - MS67!!! Our collection includes several dozen high-grade certified examples of different Cherrypicker varieties, many of which are finest known examples. We encourage other collectors to explore this fun area of the hobby.
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