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    Very Rare John David, Jr. Regulated Half Joe

    Brazil. Jose I 6400 Reis 1753-B. Bahia mint. JD for John David, Jr. KM172.1. Choice VF. Perhaps a forgery. Clipped and re-edged. Plugged and marked JD in rounded rectangular cartouche by John David, Jr. of Philadelphia. Weight a grain light for the post-Revolutionary 9 dwt standard to which David worked (214.8 grains). Small circular plug on reverse flush with surrounding device, larger plug on obverse misshapen and oval, raised in relief against depressed device. Mark oriented at leaning angle, down to right. Crude edge device resembles diagonal reeding, present everywhere but for a filed area from either side of 12:00, likely the spot where the missing grain was stolen from after David's work. Medium yellow gold, some minor dark encrustation in right obverse legend, more atop reverse.

    This is one of only two John David regulated gold pieces known to us, making him a particularly rare and desirable Philadelphia regulator.

    Provenance: From a 1979 Jess Peters sale, Lot 285. Plated in Gordon's West Indies Countermarked Gold Coins, p. 102.
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    12th-16th Thursday-Monday
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