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Lot 30307

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30307
Date (1670-75)
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Grade 30
Service NGC
Denomination FARTH
Description (c. 1670) FARTH St. Patrick Farthing VF30 NGC. Breen-218, W-11500. A rare variety, missing from many major collections and highly desirable as such. Lightly granular and uniformly toned midnight-brown surfaces show even wear, but no marks of consequence. The coin is somewhat misshapen and clipped, apparently struck with a loose collar, a characteristic of St. Patrick farthings often blamed for the many slightly off-center strikes found on the issue. The coin displays multiple clips. In any case, the variety is confirmed by a solitary martlet, which is sharply struck and easily seen below the king (spared by the flan clip). A brass splasher is not readily apparent, but may be present beneath the dark coloration. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $1,292.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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