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Lot 30413

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30413
Date 1795
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Grade 40
Service NGC
Denomination 1/2 P
Description 1795 1/2P Washington North Wales Halfpenny, Plain Edge, One Star at Each Side of Harp XF40 NGC. Baker-34, W-11150, R.3. Undated, but believed to have been made circa 1795, North Wales halfpenny tokens (part of the "evasion halfpence" series) were struck on lightweight planchets with crudely executed dies, and none are extant with sharp features. Bowers lists four varieties, with the plain edge variant the most easily obtainable; still, no Mint State examples are certified (4/14), and most survivors are dark and unattractive. This piece displays unusually light chocolate-brown color, with smooth, problem-free surfaces. Typical weakness is seen on the harp and Washington's head, but the strong borders balance the eye appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $998.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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