||1786 COPPER Nova Constellatio Copper, Pointed Rays VF20 NGC. Crosby 1-A, W-1940, R.6. 98.2 grains. Henry Chapman noted that only four specimens were known in 1921. Today, 93 years later, there are 20 examples known, according to census information supplied by dealer and numismatic researcher Rod Widok. Only three or four of those pieces are finer than this example, although others might arrive at a different conclusion as nearly all known examples are considerably worn and show minor to major defects. Accounting for the grade of such pieces is open to considerable debate. This example is the finer of two that NGC has certified (8/14). Ex: John Story Jenks (Henry Chapman, 12/1921), lot 5541; Waldo Newcomer; "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $21150.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.