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    Full Weight F&G Regulated Half Joe

    Brazil. Joao V 6400 Reis 1739-B. Bahia mint. F&G mark of Lewis Fueter and G. KM151. VF. Clipped and re-edged. Twice plugged, once marked with F&G in oval by Lewis Fueter and G, New York. Weight a fraction of a grain over the standard British occupied New York standard of 9 dwt 3 grains (219.5), the usual weight for an unclipped single-mark F&G Half Joe. Edge clipped around entire circumference, to the tops of the legend atop the obverse but leaving about half the length of the denticles below the date. The edge device is a consistent thick diagonal reeding. This piece, unusually, has been plugged twice by F&G. The plugs dovetail together on the unmarked obverse, where both stand out in low rounded relief, the top plug circular, the lower one an amorphous oval. The plugs are flush and smooth on the reverse, with a bold horizontal F&G punch covering the top plug. This appears to be a case of a corrected error; both plugs appear to have been done at the same time. The surfaces are toned an attractive medium yellow gold with light surface iridescence. Some minor encrustation is seen around design elements. Light striations are noted at the base of the portrait bust and below the truncation, as struck at Bahia. This variety is the so-called 1739/7, though the overdate appears to be a die crack from B that ends in a substantial break atop the 9.

    A well balanced example of this important Tory regulator. Were it not regulated, this would be a fairly scarce early Bahia 6400 Reis. As it is, this piece shows excellent eye appeal for an F&G marked Half Joe, looking much today as it must have when General Howe left Manhattan in November 1783.

    Provenance: Purchased from Raymond Brandon in 1987, "1997, still regretting sale to me," according to our consignor's ticket. Earlier, ex. Spink in 1987.
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.




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