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Lot 30236

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30236
Date 1788
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Grade 58
Service NGC
Denomination 1/2 C
Description 1788 1/2 C Massachusetts Half Cent AU58 NGC. R. 1-A, W-6000, High R.4. Michael Hodder rated this variety High R.4 in the Ford catalog, and Q. David Bowers called it "URS-7 or 8" in the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins. Our own experience suggests that it may deserve a full R.5 rating. Our brief survey includes just 13 examples of this variety, compared to 137 appearances of Ryder 1-B. However, at least three Mint State examples are known, and the Newman piece falls at the low end of the Condition Census. Both sides are glossy with intermingled steel-brown and light tan, showing excellent design definition and minimal handling marks. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $20.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $8,225.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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