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Lot 30026

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30026
Date 1786
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Grade 62
Service NGC
Description 1786 COPPER Vermont Copper, Landscape, VERMONTENSIUM MS62 Brown NGC. RR-7, Bressett 5-E, W-2025, R.3. This early die state coin has little evidence of the obverse die sinking that is present on most examples. The die sinking is responsible for localized design weakness as seen above. However, the present piece has a full border and unusually bold detail on both sides. The surfaces are lovely light chocolate, with traces of olive toning on the high points, and splashes of pale orange luster within the sun's rays, suggesting a brilliant evening sky as the sun sets behind the mountains. This example is clearly finer than the single Taylor Collection specimen, and it is finer than any others we have seen. Dave Bowers records this die marriage as the scarcest of the three VERMONTENSIUM varieties, while Tony Carlotto awards that honor to RR-8. Rarity ratings aside, all of the Vermont Landscape coppers are elusive in Mint State grades. The Norweb specimen was graded AU in that catalog, and is certified MS62 Brown, but it is slightly inferior to the Eric P. Newman piece. The Eliasberg piece is XF, and the finest Ford coin was called Choice XF. The Taylor Collection had a VF coin. It is our opinion that the Newman example is the finest surviving Vermont RR-7 Landscape copper. The current NGC Census Report shows a single MS62 Brown Vermont Landscape. PCGS has graded two Mint State Vermont Landscapes. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $44,062.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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