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Lot 30048

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30048
Date 1788
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Grade 10
Service NGC
Description 1788 COPPER Vermont Copper, ET LIB INDE, Struck over Irish Halfpenny VG10. RR-35, Bressett 20-X, W-2130, High R.6. The RR-35 is an extremely rare variety, with an estimated population of just 10 coins, according to Tony Carlotto. He writes that every known example is struck over an Irish halfpenny. In the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins, Dave Bowers assigns the URS-5 rating, indicating that nine to 16 pieces survive. The RR-35 was missing from the Taylor Collection, as well as all other important Vermont collections offered in recent times. Carlotto mentioned an example that appeared in Hathaway and Bowers Catalogue No. 7 of September 1970. This coin has lovely olive-brown surfaces with a minor planchet defect leaving a void on the edge at 10 o'clock, relative to the obverse. An ancient scratch is noted at the center of the obverse, and the surfaces are minutely granular, but far finer than usual. Traces of the legend from the undertype appear on both sides, including parts of GEORGIVS III REX on the obverse, and RNIA from HIBERNIA on the reverse. The RR-35 is one of the important Machin's Mills varieties, struck late in the Vermont series. The present offering will be regarded as one of the highly significant events in the annals of Vermont collecting. The Eric P. Newman Collection allows collectors the opportunity to bid on 28 of the 39 known varieties. Only one reverse die in the Vermont series, used for RR-18 and RR-35, has ET LIB left and INDE right. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $18,800.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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