||1787 1C Fugio Copper "Cent," STATES UNITED, Cross After Date XF45 NGC. CAC. Newman 1-L, W-6605, R.5. 131.2 grains. An exceptional example in high enough grade that the usual obverse clash marks are clearly visible. Michael McLaughlin's "The Fugio Files" appeared in Penny-Wise from 1992 to 1994. There he records an XF-AU coin as the finest known. However, it is worth noting that his valuable series of articles is now 20 years old. Ford had an AU piece, and this example from the Eric P. Newman Collection likely qualifies high in the Condition Census. This Choice XF Fugio has lovely chestnut-brown surfaces with a few splashes of bluish-steel patina, and a single dark green spot on the obverse that identifies this piece as the plate coin in Newman's 2008 reference, United States Fugio Copper Coinage of 1787. Ex: Spink & Son, Ltd. (London, 1957); Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $13512.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.