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Lot 30249

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30249
Date 1788
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Grade 64
Service NGC
Denomination 1C
Description 1788 1C Massachusetts Cent, Period MS64 Brown NGC. R. 9-M, W-6270, R.6. Michael Hodder rated the 9-M as R.6 in the Ford Collection, and called the Uncirculated Ford coin the finest seen. Unfortunately, the coin described was actually an example of the much more plentiful Ryder 7-M. Q. David Bowers rates Ryder 9-M as URS-6 in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia, suggesting that 17 to 32 are known. The present offering is the first example of this variety that we have offered in our auctions over the last two decades. This amazing copper is far finer than any others known. The Norweb Collection had an AU example acquired from Richard Picker. The Taylor Collection piece graded VF. The American Numismatic Society holds a coin that we grade Fine, and the Ted Craige Collection had a dented VG. Only one other example graded Fine appears in our brief survey of Massachusetts copper coinage, while Mike Packard notes that he is aware of only one example that grades XF. This is an extraordinarily important offering of a Massachusetts cent that Packard calls "a monster coin." Both sides exhibit intermingled olive-brown and golden-tan, with considerable mint red remaining in the margins. Trivial lamination is noted at 11:30 on the obverse. The reverse has a few stable corrosion spots scattered about the central devices. Otherwise, both sides have smooth and lustrous surfaces. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $32,900.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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