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Lot 30286

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30286
Date 1652
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Grade 50
Service Details NGC
Description 1652 SHILNG Pine Tree Shilling, Small Planchet -- Reverse Graffiti -- NGC Details. AU. Noe-30, W-935, Salmon 12-G, R.3. 69.2 grains. Many of Salmon's descriptions are arguably eloquent, as illustrated by his entry for this variety: "The tree is among the most simplified of the entire small planchet subseries. The ground line, trunk, and fifth branches are essentially featureless. Short and very fine line segments project down from the ground line, like small remnants of teeth on a broken comb." Triangular rosettes on the reverse serve as a diagnostic for this variety. A few minor, largely toned-over scratches on the reverse between the XII and the inner circle resulted in the grade, though they do little to affect the lovely eye appeal of this lightly circulated piece, with minor debris also present on the reverse. The obverse is shifted toward 10 o'clock, resulting in a loss of most of MASATHVSETS, while the reverse displays nice centering. The rich gray surfaces display gold and green hues when examined closely. Ex: C.H. Stearns (Mayflower Coin Auctions, Inc., 12/1966), lot 135; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $4,406.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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