Great Britain: England. George II Guinea 1749. Script JB monogram for John Burger, EB for Ephraim Brasher. ...
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One of the best pedigreed coins in the entire canon of American regulated gold coins. This piece has been in American collections for nearly a century and plated in the earliest American published work on the topic. Aside from its desirability as a piece that combines the two most famous American regulators, both active in New York immediately after the end of the British military occupation, this fine provenance makes it a superb addition to a connoisseur-quality cabinet.
Col. James W. Ellsworth's collection was sold intact to Wayte Raymond and John Work Garrett for $100,000 in 1923. By way of comparison, two decades later, the same price purchased the entire John H. Clapp collection for Louis Eliasberg. Ellsworth owned the entire Nova Constellatio pattern set of 1783. He also owned the finest known Brasher doubloon. This appears to have been the only Brasher-regulated coin he owned, though he also owned two Burger-marked pieces and a Thomas Pons-regulated Half Joe. All of these were sold into the Garrett Collection. T. Harrison Garrett, the founder of that cabinet, appears to have been one of the earliest major collectors to acquire a Brasher-regulated piece: two weeks before he bought the unique Punch on Breast Brasher Doubloon from Ed Frossard in April 1883, he acquired a Brasher-regulated Half Joe from the Chapman Brothers (Garrett IV, Lot 2345). Ellsworth jumped into collecting coins with both feet in the early 1890s and likely acquired this piece sometime after.
Provenance: From Bowers and Ruddy's sale of the Garrett Collection, Part IV, March 1981, Lot 2344. Earlier, acquired from the Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection in 1923.
From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.
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