Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for Sign-in or Join (free & quick) includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Ephraim Brasher Regulated 1739 Half Joe Earlier Regulated in Occupied New York by F&G

Portugal. Joao V 6400 Reis 1739. Lisbon mint. EB mark for Ephraim Brasher. F&G mark for Lewis Fueter and G. KM221. XF. Clipped and re-edged. Plugged and marked by both F&G (Lewis Fueter and partner) and Ephraim Brasher, New York. Weight precisely correct for the 1784 New York 9 dwt standard used by Brasher (215.9 grains). Neatly clipped below date in typical Brasher fashion, one bold horizontal cut along with more exacting clipped facets left of 6:00 to regulate this with great precision. The F&G plug is at precise center, flattened flush to the obverse and inserted from the reverse, where the mark is boldly impressed and precisely horizontal, covering the plug entirely. The Brasher mark is smaller and protrudes in low relief at the central bottom of the shield. The EB mark in oval is the precise mark as used on the famous doubloons, sharper at left than right, oriented horizontally in Brasher's usual position near the base of the portrait bust. The surfaces are light yellow gold with minor hairlines and good remaining luster, especially frosty and lively on the reverse.

This is an exceptional Brasher piece. The high grade host is a scarce early date, the visual appeal is excellent, and the second mark is from a desirable Tory firm in occupied New York during the American Revolution. A similar piece, likewise marked by F&G and EB, brought $25,300 in the 2005 Eliasberg sale. That EB mark was a different one from this punch (the precise one used on the Doubloons) thus bringing suspicion from some quarters. By way of comparison, the following lot, a Guinea that was marked with the same punch as seen on the present piece, realized $45,300, a closer approximation of its market value. Brasher marked pieces have brought even more aggressive sums since, including a $57,500 realization in the 2008 Stack's Americana sale for a single-marked Brasher Half Joe that had been further clipped to below its New York standard weight. This would make a superb type coin for an advanced collection that lacks one fine piece of early American regulated gold.

Provenance: From New England Rare Coin Auctions' 1975 NENA sale, November 7, 1975, Lot 230.
From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.



Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
August, 2010
12th-16th
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 1
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 918

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

940,743
bidder-members
$883,393,574
sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 

Consignments wanted

Only 4 days left to consign to the 2015 September 16 - 21 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!

Learn about consigning with us

I never attend a Heritage auction that I don't leave with a treasure in my pocket.
A.M. ,
Oceanside, CA
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
REALIZED $8,332,129
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $6,503,481
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $10,592,191

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved