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Lot 30276

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30276
Date 1652
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Grade 64
Service NGC
Denomination SHILNG
Description 1652 SHILNG Pine Tree Shilling, Large Planchet MS64 NGC. Noe-7, W-730, Salmon 6-Dii, R.6. 74.4 grains. Another gorgeous example from Eric P. Newman's fabulous collection, this near-Gem specimen exhibits freshly-struck eye appeal. Lustrous silver surfaces reveal pleasing areas of toning when examined closely. Shades of orange, peach, and pastel green, seen particularly at the upper obverse, add to the attractiveness. The planchet is irregularly shaped, with clips present, primarily at left and right. Portions of the legends are absent as a result, with W ENGLAND affected on the obverse, while the reverse is impacted at the upper portions of VSETS and the I of IN. Salmon's well-stated description of this variety reads in part: {blockquote}"This is a new obverse die, and is not derived from prior varieties. It is often referred to as the 'Tall Tree' variety. The tree is beautifully and realistically rendered with a narrow tapering trunk arising from a ground line that appears to consist entirely of roots which abundantly fill the foreground. There are eight branches per side, arranged asymmetrically with none paired across midline."{/blockquote} The letters near 12 o'clock on the obverse exhibit distortion resulting from the rocker press effects. Recut from the reverse die used for the Salmon 5-Di variety, this reverse displays reworking of the 6 and 5 of the date, along with other more subtle changes. This variety is also known for a slightly diagonal die break extending through the center, as clearly evidenced by this piece. A truly splendid specimen, this coin will make an outstanding addition to an advanced collection. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $44,062.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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