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Lot 3010


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Type Coin
Title Lot 3010
Date 1783
Side obverse
Grade 66
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 801
Denomination C NOVA
Description 1783 COPPER Nova Constellatio Copper, Pointed Rays, Small US MS66 Brown NGC. CAC. Crosby 2-B, W-1865, R.2. 139.6 grains. The reader is referred to three articles that provide the current knowledge of the Nova Constellatio copper coinage. The first is "The Source of the Nova Constellatio Copper Coinage" from the January 1960 issue of The Numismatic Scrapbook, and reprinted in the current catalog courtesy of Coin World. The second is Eric P. Newman's article "New Thoughts on the Nova Constellatio Private Copper Coinage" that appeared in the 1995 Coinage of the American Confederation Period, edited by Philip L. Mossman and published by the American Numismatic Society. That article is reprinted in the current catalog courtesy of ANS. The third article, "An Examination of the 'New Constellation' Coppers in Relation to the Nova Constellatio - Constellatio Nova Debate" by Louis Jordan appeared in the December 2000 issue of The Colonial Newsletter. This extraordinary Mint State copper has an extremely strong strike, with the all-seeing eye sharper than we have ever seen. It is clearly a special piece, showing additional fine obverse die lines that are not visible on most examples. The appearance of the previous two pieces suggests the dies were lapped after this example was struck. Both sides have glossy chocolate and blue-steel surfaces. The finest Nova Constellatio copper NGC has graded by two points (8/14). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $41125.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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