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'1771' Machin's Mills Halfpenny, BN

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Type Coin
Title '1771' Machin's Mills Halfpenny, BN
Date 1771
Grade EF40
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 448
Denomination 1/2 P

1771 1/2 P Georgivs III, Machin's Mills Halfpenny, Vlack 2-71A, W-7670, R.4, XF40 NGC. Die alignment: 190?. The viewer's eye is immediately attracted to the smooth, hard surfaces of this imitation British halfpenny produced by the mint at Machin's Mills. This is a problem-free, fairly well-centered example with an olive-brown patina and tan highlights. The 1771 Machin's Mills copper plays a significant role in Eric P. Newman's article "A Recently Discovered Coin Solves a Vermont Numismatic Enigma," in which he shows that this coin is linked to the Vermont coppers and was struck around 1787 at Machin's Mills with dies cut by James F. Atlee. This is the finest of the few pieces graded by NGC. Listed on page 69 of the 2018 Guide Book. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

Heritage Newman IX, November 2017, lot 15031, realized $4080. Images and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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