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    John Burger Regulated Half Joe Found in Haiti

    Brazil. Joao V 6400 Reis 1746-R. Rio Mint. Script JB for John Burger. KM151. AU. Clipped and re-edged. Plugged and marked with script JB in monogram by John Burger, New York. Weight just a shade under the 9 dwt standard to which Burger worked (215.7 grains). Lustrous and frostly light yellow gold. Some hairlines and light scuffs from a gentle post-recovery cleaning, scattered shallow scrapes, hints of encrustation remain in northeast quadrant of obverse. Round plug shows well from obverse, only partially obscured by Burger's mark on the obverse and unusual as such. Burger usually took great care with the location of his marks, and they almost always obscure the traces of the plug from the obverse. This mark is oriented in a proper vertical fashion in the usual location over the monarch's eye. Some softness is visible at the right periphery of the mark, bold luster persists within. Sticker on reverse remains, inscribed with weight in grams, as testament to this piece's find provenance.

    Provenance: Acquired privately from Ralph Gordon. Earlier, from the "North of Haiti find," ex. Mangones Collection. According to Gordon, "the Mangones collection was largely accumulated locally in Haiti over many years." Among other things, it yielded Gordon #218, p.105, marked by William Hollingshead of Philadelphia and JA (unidentified).
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.

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    August, 2010
    12th-16th Thursday-Monday
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