||1787 1C Fugio Copper "Cent," UNITED STATES, Rounded Club Rays AU53 NGC. CAC. Newman 3-D, W-6680, R.3. 148.2 grains. This is the finest of Eric P. Newman's 3-D pieces; it is a late die state, equal to the previous lot with the obverse die cracks extending through the rays and down to the Y in YOUR. This example is slightly finer than the Norweb AU50, and finer than the Choice XF examples in Ford and Garrett. Several other VF and XF pieces are known, but we are not aware of anything finer. The Newman example may be the finest known 3-D, and it is certainly a Condition Census example. Chocolate-brown and mahogany surfaces show splashes of lighter yellow-tan on each side, with steel toning primarily confined to the obverse. Noticeable cartwheel luster remains on each side. Ex: Wayte Raymond (3/27/1923); Hillyer Ryder; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $5581.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.