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Lot 30008

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30008
Date 1773
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Grade 64
Service NGC
Denomination 1/2 P
Description 1773 1/2P Virginia Halfpenny, Period MS64 Brown NGC. N. 23-R, W-1565, R.4. 116.1 grains. A period after GEORGIVS and a seven-stringed harp are seen on this variety. Enough Mint State examples of the 23-R survive to suggest that these were part of the Cohen hoard. In fact, nearly all Mint State Virginia halfpence, especially those with partial to full mint red, probably have the Cohen hoard as their source. This Choice Mint State example represents the scarce Newman 23-R die combination. Both sides have pleasing olive-brown surfaces with considerable orange mint luster in the protected areas around the design elements. A highly desirable feature for many collectors with a sense of history is that BOTH the obverse and reverse of this coin served as plate coins in Eric Newman's classic research on Virginia coinage. Ex: Thomas L. Elder (40th Sale, 4/1910), lot 323; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $1,292.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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