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Extremely Rare 1737 Higley Copper
Broad Axe, W-8280, Fine 15

(1737) COPPER Higley Copper, Broad Axe Fine 15 PCGS. Crosby 25, Breen-242, Freidus 3.3-C, W-8280, R.7. 137.5 gn, 27.9 mm, 1.3-1.5 mm thick, per its 2004 Ford Collection auction appearance, where the piece was graded "Overall Very Fine." Further cataloged by Michael Hodder as:

"Both sides are toned in a deep, rich and even olive brown shade. The surfaces in most places are smooth and hard, granularity being confined principally to the centers. Partial central detail showing, the top of the deer's figure soft, legend at lower left and pointing hand indistinct but sharp elsewhere.
"On the reverse, the broadaxe is about as bold as ever seen given the die failure on this side and the legend around is complete save for the last three letters, which are faint to indistinct. Struck on a flawed planchet, with linear defects showing at the lower left on the obverse. Reverse cut from edge into center, quite possibly to test the metal ... . Another addition to the 1994 [Dan Freidus Higley] census and a nicer coin than Eliasberg:44 which was porous and dark."

We are aware of only six examples of Freidus 3.3-C, including the present piece, Ford II:272, and the four coins listed in Freidus' census. Eliasberg:44, referred to above, is Fr. 3.3-D. Garrett:1305, Roper:152, and Hain:204 are the more available Fr. 3.2-C. Listed on page 47 of the 2011 Guide Book PCGS Population for all Deer/Broad Axe die varieties: 2 in 15, 0 finer (11/10).
Ex: Hillyer Ryder; Dr. Thomas Hall; F.C.C. Boyd Estate; John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part II (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 273; Heritage (1/2010), lot 2389, which realized $48,875. (NGC ID# AUAX, PCGS# 213)

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