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1723 Hibernia Pattern Farthing, Silver

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Type Coin
Title 1723 Hibernia Pattern Farthing, Silver
Date 1723
Grade AU58
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 179
Denomination FARTH

1723 FARTH Hibernia Farthing, Silver, Martin 3.3-Bc.3, W-12500, R.5, AU58 NGC. 74.0 grains. Die alignment: 180?. A pleasing representative of the silver Hibernia farthings, struck under unknown circumstances by William Wood. This piece exhibits deep cabinet toning of smoky gray with a blush of pink, accentuated by iridescent blue highlights in the legends, and with prooflike surfaces. Very light rub to the highpoints of the hair, and to Hibernia's dress and harp, are barely noticeable under the undisturbed toning, evidence of nearly 300 years of care. While Bowers notes in his Colonial Encyclopedia that this is the "most available silver striking in the Wood's Hibernia series," this is probably due to the discovery in the 1950s of as many as 25 silver farthings that had been kept in a tube with silver Hibernia halfpennies for ends. Silver farthings were considered much more rare before then, with the Garrett collection lacking a single example and with the envelope accompanying this piece marked "Probably unique." From the earliest obverse die state. Listed on page 46 of the 2018 Guide Book. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

Heritage Newman IX, November 2017, lot 15015, realized $3840. Images and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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