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Lot 30067

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30067
Date 1786
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Grade 8
Service NGC
Denomination CONNCT
Description 1786 COPPER Connecticut Copper, Mailed Bust Right, Scholar's Head VG8 NGC. M. 3-D.1, W-2510, High R.5. 140.4 grains. There are only five obverse dies of 1786 Connecticut coppers that have the bust facing to the right, and each has different punctuation, simplifying attribution. Obverse 3 is known as the Scholar's Head, a nickname apparently originating with Michael Hodder in the Perkins catalog. This obverse appears with reverse D.1 as offered here, and reverse D.4 with only three known. The D.1 reverse appears nowhere else in the Connecticut series. This pleasing piece shows the legend, date, and major design elements with traces of internal detail. The surfaces are smooth steel-brown and mahogany. Nearly every major collection offered in recent times, including the 1975 EAC sale, and the Taylor, Perkins, and Ford Collections, included an example of this variety that grades only Very Good to Fine. The piece plated in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia, showing approximately Very Fine details, is one of the finest we have seen. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $1,997.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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