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Lot 30300

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30300
Date (1670-75)
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Grade 20
Service Details NGC
Denomination FARTH
Description (c. 1670) FARTH St. Patrick Farthing - Reverse Scratched - NGC Details. VF. Breen-212, W-11500. Little is certain about the meaning of the design elements, legends, or even the Irish origins of the St. Patrick farthing. What Breen calls "sea beasts" and Masonic lettering are convenient labels but may represent something quite different. This enigmatic import is likely the first "official" copper coinage of the American colonies, monetized by a May 8, 1682 Act of the West Jersey General Assembly for Mark Newby. The present coin displays excellent detail and rich, deep-brown color. The brass splasher is well-centered on the crown. The reverse is slightly off-center, with some light graffiti above St. Patrick's arm accounting for the NGC net grade. Widely scattered, minor porosity does not distract. The coin is sharp for the assigned grade. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $1,527.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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