Victoria 5 Cents 1884 Near 4

Victoria 5 Cents 1884 Near 4, KM2, MS65 PCGS. Two major varieties, known as the Near 4 and Far 4, are extremely difficult to differentiate. A side-by-side comparison of photos suggests the following: the Near 4 has a thin upright to the 4, leaning to the left. The 1 in the date is distant from the leaf below, and the second 8 has an enlarged lower loop. The Far 4 has a heavy upright to the 4, and that digit is upright. The 1 is close to the leaf below, and the upper and lower loops of the second 8 are similar in size. The Near 4 has a pointed crosslet tip of the 4, while the Far 4 has a blunt tip. Both varieties are extremely rare in higher grades, while the Far 4 is scarcer in all grades.From the Canadiana Collection Grade: 65, Service: PCGS, Service No.: 661000, Issue Date: 1000, Denomination: MS