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    Brazil. Jose I 6400 Reis 1773-R. Rio mint. TS for Thomas Shields. KM172.2. Choice XF. Clipped and reedged. Plugged and marked TS in rectangular cartouche for Thomas Shields, Philadelphia. Significantly underweight for every North American standard, a full pennyweight under the usual post-Revolutionary 9 dwt standard (190.2 grains). Heavily clipped circumferentially to the tops of the legends. False reeding gives the impression of denticles; edge shows even and consistent diagonal reeding on filed edges. Small plug nearly invisible from the obverse, which shows just a flat spot at central obverse, small circular outline at central reverse, mostly covered by TS mark, irregularly aligned in a diagonal fashion.

    Light yellow gold with good remaining luster, scattered hairlines, some rudding toning on reverse and within mark. A handsome example of this Philadelphia regulator. Clearly clipped after Shield's regulation, perhaps by one of the merchants who profited by clipping Half Joes to a late 18th century 8 dwt West Indian standard.

    Thomas Shields was active from 1765 until about 1791. The 1783 Philadelphia tax role assessed him for one slave, but no livestock. His shop was a prolific one, though his regulated gold coins remain quite rare, with just a few examples known to us.

    Provenance: Ex KV Eckardt in 1990.
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.


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