||1785 COPPER Nova Constellatio Copper, Pointed Rays, Small Date--Obverse Tooled--NGC Details. Unc. Crosby 2-A, W-1885, R.4. 120.6 grains. In his December 2000 Colonial Newsletter article, Louis Jordan compares the obverse design to the famous American flag of 13 stars in a circular pattern that appeared in illustrations as early as 1779. Jordan writes: "The use of the circle of stars representing a new constellation was a uniquely American symbol." There is no doubt that this attractive copper has been cleaned and retoned, with the evidence especially visible on the obverse. However, the obverse tooling mentioned on the holder is nothing more than trivial surface smoothing in the field near 8 o'clock. The combination of light coppery orange color and olive patina results in excellent eye appeal. Ranking this coin among other examples of the variety provides a challenge, although this piece clearly ranks favorably among examples of the scarce variety. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3290.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.