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Lot 30069

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30069
Date 1786
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Grade 45
Service NGC
Denomination CONNCT
Description 1786 COPPER Connecticut Copper, Mailed Bust Left, Hercules Head XF45 NGC. M. 5.3-G, W-2570, High R.7. 132.7 grains. Dr. Hall's white edge paint appears on this piece at 7 o'clock relative to the obverse. Miller obverse 5.3 in the 1786 series is the Hercules Head that is known in combination with reverse dies B.2, G, and N. It is only plentiful with reverse N, as the other two die combinations are each called URS-3 (three to four known) in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia. Reverse G is found with obverse dies 4.1, 5.3, 5.4, and 5.7. We are aware of the XF ANS coin, the porous VF example that appeared in the 1975 Pine Tree-EAC Sale, the Robert Martin Fine, and this example from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. There are 41 known varieties of 1786 Connecticut coppers, not including the Bungtown coppers. The Taylor Collection included 35 different varieties; the Perkins Collection, 34; and the Ford Collection, 30. All were lacking the 1786 Miller 5.3-G copper. Eric P. Newman's 5.3-G appears to be the finest known, slightly finer than the ANS specimen, and clearly finer than the 1975 EAC coin, or Martin's example. This impressive chocolate-brown copper has obvious planchet roughness on both sides, although lacks any post-production defects. A splendid piece showing only microscopic surface granularity on the reverse. This offering provides the advanced collector the chance to acquire a die marriage that eluded Taylor, Perkins, and Ford. Ex: Dr. Thomas Hall; Virgil Brand; Brand Estate (sold for $3.00 on May 17, 1935); B.G. Johnson (sold for $7.50); Eric P. Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $99,875.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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