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Lot 30092

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30092
Date 1787
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Grade 55
Service NGC
Denomination CONNCT
Description 1787 COPPER Connecticut Copper, Mailed Bust Left, Struck over 1785 Nova Constellatio 4-D AU55 NGC. M. 13-D, W-2890, R.2. 112.7 grains. This piece is struck over a 1785 Crosby 4-D Nova Constellatio copper. The 1785 date from the undertype is boldly visible on the obverse at 8 o'clock. Although a few trivial planchet flaws appear on the reverse, most of the apparent surface marks on this piece are actually remnants of the earlier Nova Constellatio design. Faint bluish toning appears on the high points of this lovely piece, with light brown surfaces and hints of mint red. A double struck 13-D appeared in the Oechsner sale, but this is the first overstrike we have seen or heard of. It is also finer than nearly every other example offered in recent memory. This piece was simply and conservatively described by the Chapman brothers in 1904: "1787 Fine. Struck over a Nova Constellatio. Probably C. 2-D." Ex: John G. Mills (Chapman Brothers, 4/1904), lot 264; Hillyer Ryder; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $5,287.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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