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Lot 30308

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30308
Date (1670-75)
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Grade 25
Service NGC
Denomination FARTH
Description (c. 1670) FARTH St. Patrick Farthing VF25 NGC. Breen unlisted, W-11500. Breen's "Masonic" three-dot grouping appears after REX and PLEBS. This variety is not described by Breen, although a similar piece appeared in the Craige Collection (lot 6181), and it reportedly matches Griffee G74-6/5a. The closest Breen number, B-216 describes a large 8 with "blurry seabeasts." Although this example is indistinct and granular below the king, no Large 8 is present. The two pigs are easy to find, being herded by St. Patrick's staff, but Breen-216 doesn't mention this oddity. The present coin is finely granular across the dark olive fields, with sharp detail on the brown devices. The splasher covers the crown. In our opinion, this is a separate variety unlisted in Breen and worthy of future research by St. Patrick's specialists. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $1,175.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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