||1785 COPPER Nova Constellatio Copper, Blunt Rays MS63 Brown NGC. Crosby 1-B, W-1880, R.4. 116.0 grains. For both dates and all major varieties, NGC has only certified 21 Mint State Nova Constellatio coppers. Six of those are offered in the present sale of selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection. One of the six is this Select Mint State 1785 Blunt Rays example with its splendid olive-brown surfaces. Faded mint red appears as light tan color on this example. Lightly stippled surfaces suggest a late die state from worn, overworked dies. The present coin is the only NGC certified Mint State example of this variety (8/14) that is always seen with a large die break along the outer leaves over the date. The obverse has nearly full border dentils while the reverse lacks most of the border detail. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7343.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.