|Title||RI SHIP Rhode Island Ship Token, Wreath Below, Copper, BN|
|Service Catalog #||576|
1778-1779 TOKEN Rhode Island Ship Token, Without Wreath, Copper, Betts-562, W-1730, R.3, VF30 NGC. 140.5 grains. Die alignment: 180?. An interesting example of this controversial type. These pieces are often referred to as medals. If that is accurate, this was obviously someone's pocket-piece. But possibly it did in fact circulate, as a token would. Still attractive, with uniform wear and just a bit of reverse spotting. The silver wash this piece was clearly given highlights the question of their exact composition. Eric P. Newman recorded the specific gravity of this example as 8.3. Listed on page 52 of the 2018 Guide Book. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Heritage Newman IX, November 2017, lot 15216, realized $1920. Images and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
|Image Collection||Eric P. Newman Collection, Part IX|