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Lot 30083

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30083
Date 1787
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Grade 62
Service NGC
Denomination CONNCT
Description 1787 COPPER Connecticut Copper, Mailed Bust Left, Hercules Head MS62 Brown NGC. M. 7-I, W-2830, R.6. 151.2 grains. The obverse is a reappearance of the 1786 Obverse 5.3 as it appears on Miller 5.3-G and 5.3-N, both offered above. In its rare 1787 reincarnation, both dies are used only for this one variety, and only about two dozen are known in all grades. The obverse shows several bulges and cracks, and was clearly serviceable for a limited time. The 1975 Pine Tree-EAC example was described as "Many details fully Very Fine, others Fine." At the time, the cataloger wrote that it was the finest example auctioned in more than 50 years. The Eric P. Newman specimen is far finer than the Choice VF Ford coin that Michael Hodder called the second best he had seen behind the Oechsner coin, also graded VF. Oechsner's was the Crosby plate coin. Other examples include Taylor's Choice Fine and Perkins' Fine. This example, from Dr. Hall and showing his famous edge paint, is typical of all others in showing considerable central weakness. However, the exceptional quality of this coin, showing faint cartwheel luster on its pleasing olive-brown surfaces, is anything but typical. While this variety poses grading difficulties, it is virtually as struck. The dies were of such high relief that, upon striking, the metal did not flow into their deeper recesses. There is no question that this example is far finer than any others that are known to us. Ex: Dr. Thomas Hall; Virgil Brand; Brand Estate; B.G. Johnson; Eric P. Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $41,125.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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