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'1788' Machin's Mills Halfpenny, BN

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Type Coin
Title '1788' Machin's Mills Halfpenny, BN
Date 1788
Grade MS63
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 472
Denomination 1/2 P

1788 1/2 P Georgivs III, Machin's Mills Halfpenny, Vlack 23-88A, W-8100, R.2, MS63 Brown NGC. 138.3 grains. Die alignment: 180?. A well-centered, high-grade example of the only Machin's Mills variety dated 1788 that is not considered a Vermont or Connecticut copper. The piece bears an attractive light-to-medium brown patina that is consistent over the coin, becoming just a trifle darker over and to the right of Britannia's head. The strike is a bit soft, most obviously at the obverse periphery. Original surfaces and a lack of any marks worth mentioning make for an exceptional choice for a type, date, or variety set. One of only two 1788-dated Machin's Mills halfpence graded MS63 by NGC, with none graded higher. Listed on page 69 of the 2018 Guide Book. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

Heritage Newman IX, November 2017, lot 15045, realized $10200. Images and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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