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Silver 1723 Hibernia Farthing, MS65
Breen-173, Nelson-7, Martin 3.2-Bc. 10

1723 FARTH Hibernia Pattern Farthing, Silver MS65 PCGS. CAC. Breen-173, Nelson-7, Martin 3.2-Bc.10, R.5. Struck in silver with a plain edge. An exceptional survivor of what was once a seemingly impossible issue to obtain, regardless of grade. Breen wrote in 1988 that a group of 20 silver farthing patterns was discovered in Europe in the early 1970s, although the Stack's cataloger of the Ford Part VII sale suggests the total was actually 43 pieces. The best example sold in that same sale was described as "Gem Uncirculated" and crossed the auction block at $22,000 in January 2005. The current offering is one of only three Gem pieces certified by PCGS, with none grading finer (6/10). The other 23 examples in the Population Report are well distributed between the grades of XF40 and MS64.
The surfaces show lovely rose and russet coloration throughout, with occasional splashes of electric-blue toning that make this a memorable piece. Adding to the eye appeal are lovely prooflike surfaces and bold details. Rare as a pattern and even rarer in terms of condition, this specimen is destined for the most sophisticated of early American cabinets. Listed on page 40 of the 2011 Guide Book. (NGC ID# 2AT7, PCGS# 179)

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August, 2010
11th-15th
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