||1787 COPPER Liber Natus, Excelsior Eagle on Globe Copper, XF40 NGC. Breen-991, W-5800, Low R.7. 148.3 grains, 99% copper per NGC metallurgical tests. There were only seven examples of this variety known prior to the present century. Two more were located at the time of the May 2004 Ford sale, and the present copper from the Eric P. Newman Collection brings the total population to 10 examples. This impressive piece exhibits pleasing chestnut-brown surfaces despite trivial roughness on each side. The peripheries exhibit lovely steel-gray toning that frames the design motifs. This example is the fourth finest in our census. 1. Mint State. Lorin G. Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp Co., 6/1890); James Ten Eyck Collection (B. Max Mehl, 5/1922), lot 185; Carl Wurtzbach; Virgil Brand; Brand Estate (Bowers and Merena, 6/1984), lot 958. 2. AU. Matthew A. Stickney Collection; Col. James W. Ellsworth; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 602. 3. XF. F.C.C. Boyd Estate; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 313. 4. XF. Eric P. Newman Collection. The present specimen. 5. XF. John L. Roper, 2nd (Stack's, 12/1983), lot 276. 6. VF. Matthew A. Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907), lot 239; DeWitt Smith Collection; Virgil Brand; Brand Estate (Bowers and Merena, 6/1984), lot 959 7. VF. Americana Sale (Stack's, 1/2002), lot 234. 8. Fine. Donald Groves Collection (Stack's, 11/1974), lot 337. 9. Unknown Grade. Massachusetts Historical Society. 10. Unknown Grade. Long Island Specialist. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $49937.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.