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1784 1/2P Machin's Mills, BN

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Type Coin
Title 1784 1/2P Machin's Mills, BN
Date 1784
Grade VF25
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 935
Denomination 1/2 P

1784 1/2 P Georgivs III Imitation Halfpenny, Vlack-14-84A, W-8130, R.6, VF25 NGC. 100.1 grains. Die alignment: 300?. Difficult to locate in higher condition, the Vlack 14-84A is notoriously ill-struck, poorly centered, and crudely designed. This example is far better than most -- indeed, it is the finest graded by NGC. The uneven strike is noticeable when comparing the clear engraving of the mailed bust to the lack of detail in the face and hair; likewise on the reverse, where the date and BRITAN are rather bold while NIA fades into the background. Though no longer considered a Machin's Mills product, it is generally thought to be of American making and continues to be collected with the series. Listed on page 69 of the 2018 Guide Book. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

Heritage Newman IX, November 2017, lot 15036, realized $2640. Images and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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