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    (1652) New England Sixpence, VF Details
    The Famous 'Potato Field' Specimen
    Noe 1-A

    (1652) 6PENCE New England Sixpence -- Damage or Tooling -- PCGS Genuine. VF Details. Noe 1-A, W-10, Salmon 1-A, R.7. Two die varieties of NE sixpence are described in the literature, and they are identified as Noe 1-A and Noe 2-B. However, some students of the Massachusetts silver suggest that Noe 2-B is either a contemporary counterfeit, or a 19th century copy. Collectors who seek a genuine Massachusetts NE sixpence would do well to consider one of the seven known (five available) Noe 1-A pieces. The American Numismatic Society and the British Museum each hold an example of Noe 1-A. Three others are known from the 2-B dies, including one in the Smithsonian Institution.

    This example, an early 1990 ground find, spent more than three centuries in the earth where it acquired a wonderful gray-brown patina with a few areas of light silver. Perhaps the most valuable coin ever found through metal detecting at the time, this piece generated national headlines when it was found. Prominent scratches and scrapes on each side are similarly toned over and undoubtedly occurred before the coin was lost in the 17th century. A thin, fresh scratch on the obverse probably occurred at the time this piece was located.

    Census of Noe 1-A NE Sixpence
    1. AU58 NGC.
    Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (Heritage, 5/2014), lot 30258. 36.6 grains.
    2. XF.
    Roper Collection (Stack's, 12/1983), lot 8. 33.8 grains.
    3. XF.
    Nelson Clarke (donated 1840); British Museum.
    4. XF40 PCGS.
    Charles Ira Bushnell (Chapman Brothers, 6/1882), lot 141; Edouard Frossard; Garrett Collection; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1201; Henry P. Kendall Foundation (Stack's Bowers, 3/2015), lot 2307. Noe Plate II, number 3. 33.7 grains.
    5. VF.
    Massachusetts Historical Society; Loye Lauder Collection (William Doyle Galleries, 12/1983), lot 114. Noe Plate II, number 2. 33.4 grains.
    6. VF.
    William B. Osgood Field (7/1946); American Numismatic Society. Noe Plate II, number 1. 31.4 grains.
    7. VF, Damaged PCGS.
    Long Island Potato Field; Lillian Rade; Sotheby's (11/1991); Stack's (privately); John "Jack" Royse Collection (Stack's-Bowers, 11/2012), lot 6002. 31.8 grains.


    The present offering is only the ninth auction appearance of this variety of NE sixpence since 1882, and only the fifth appearance in the last 35 years. This is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a genuine Noe 1-B NE sixpence. Listed on page 39 of the 2020 Guide Book.
    Ex: Lillian Rade who discovered this piece in the ground near East Hampton, New York; Sotheby's (11/1991); John "Jack" Royse Collection (Stack's Bowers, 11/2012), lot 6002.
    From The Poulos Family Collection.


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