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'1787' Machin's Mills Halfpenny, BN

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Type Coin
Title '1787' Machin's Mills Halfpenny, BN
Date 1787
Grade AU55
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 469
Denomination 1/2 P

1787 1/2 P Georgivs III, Machin's Mills Halfpenny, Vlack 17-87A, W-7900, R.2, AU55 NGC. 123.3 grains. Die alignment: 180?. A second representative of this variety, notable for George's long nose and for the curved date sitting low in the reverse die. This is a very well-centered halfpenny, though somewhat lightly struck. What may appear as granularity on George's jaw and neck is in fact planchet roughness that the strike failed to smooth out. Likewise, the lack of detail in Britannia's dress is largely as struck. The piece has lovely dappled copper coloration and is free of any distracting marks. A bit of green between the two exergue lines is noted. Listed on page 69 of the 2018 Guide Book. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

Heritage Newman IX, November 2017, lot 15038, realized $2640. Images and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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