I came across this eBay listing randomly the other day...333735372645
...and it was nearly a dream come true! Ever since I saw the original winning nickel design by Felix Schlag
, I wanted a real-life example and I have also wanted a silver version of the Jefferson nickel
. This is both!
So, I tried finding more information on these and found that there were 1,938 of both the cameo and matte proofs struck for the Full Step Nickel Club of Burbank, CA. Many, if not all, were originally slabbed by SEGS as part of the offering and they were sold for $80/set by Darrell Crane of the FSNC.
The listing I linked to above is for the set numbered #991, which is the same that was mentioned/being sold by member Paddy54 on CT last year (same seller?). There seems to be some confusion about whether all sets were actually slabbed at the beginning or not because there are two types of labels used.
I also read that Bill Fivaz had a number of these sets he was selling years ago, but no one seems to know whether they were all sold or not. In fact, no one seems to know definitively whether the entire mintage was ever actually sold by Mr. Crane to begin with.
I am very interested in these, but the few I have found for sale have pretty outrageous prices considering they are essentially modern fantasy tokens. The listing I linked to is by far the most reasonable, but I am wondering if anyone has any more information on the whereabouts of these sets and if anyone has some or one set that they would be interested in selling.
Also, if anyone has any contact info for the FSNC or Mr. Crane, it would be greatly appreciated so that I may be able to get to the bottom of this!