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    Brazil. Joao V 6400 Reis 1747-R. Rio mint. KM149. Choice VF. Clipped and re-edged, anonymously plugged. Weight nearly a half pennyweight below the usual post-Revolutionary 9 dwt standard (206.0 grains.) Re-edged mostly with a broad twin-leaf imitation but showing large oval beads atop obverse. Cut with shears at 5:00, extending from rim into neck, perhaps to test its fineness and determine if the coin was a base counterfeit, given its low weight. Anonymously regulated with a small round plug in hair, flush on reverse, neat, small and round below right side of crown. Lightly mattelike but attractive, some minor abrasions at central obverse.

    Anonymous regulation plugs such as this are extremely rare. They tend to be found on coins of a fairly early date, though we know of one recovered from the banks of the Ohio River in Kentucky on a 1779-dated Half Joe. For its wide variety of clips, edges, and modifications, this coin neatly summarizes nearly every action that can affect the weight and value of a regulated Half Joe.

    Provenance: From the Downes wreck on the east coast of Florida, acquired via Andre de Clermont and K.V. Eckardt in April 1996.
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.


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