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Lot 30243

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30243
Date 1787
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Grade 64
Service NGC
Denomination CENT
Description 1787 1C Massachusetts Cent MS64 Brown NGC. R. 4-C, W-6100, R.4. The finest examples of Ryder 4-C that we have seen are the Norweb coin, graded MS60 but visually finer, and this example from the Newcomer and Green collections. The finest of three in the October 2004 Ford sale was called AU and Condition Census for the variety. Mike Packard calls the Norweb coin the finest he has seen (he is careful to note he has not seen every existing coin) and ranks the present piece as either the second or third finest known for the variety. That is consistent with our own observations, although judging from the Norweb plate, the two coins are virtually tied for overall quality. This glossy olive and chocolate-brown example has a few scattered marks of no consequence on the lustrous fields, with lighter golden-brown in places on each side. The strike is bold, except where the dies show evidence of lapping. An exceptional, highly appealing example of this scarce variety. Ex: Waldo Newcomer; "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 $14,100.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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