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Lot 30004

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30004
Date 1773
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Grade 64
Service NGC
Denomination 1/2 P
Description 1773 1/2P Virginia Halfpenny, No Period MS64 Red and Brown NGC. N. 5-B, W-1410, R.6. 127.8 grains. The diameter of the flan is noticeably larger on this example than on most others. Reverse B is the only halfpence reverse with six harp strings, although Reverse A of the 'Virginia Penny' also has six harp strings. The Newman 5-B is a rare variety, and most survivors are noticeably circulated. This example is the first Mint State piece we have seen, although Roger Moore reports a finer example in his collection. Mild clashing can be seen over the laurel wreath on the obverse. The characteristic obverse die chip is visible on the back jaw line. Both sides have at least half of the original mint color with delicate blue-green toning. A small patch of old corrosion covers a few dentils at 10 o'clock, providing an excellent pedigree marker. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $2,820.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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