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    (1652) Noe 3-B NE Shilling, AU58
    The Wurtzbach Plate Coin
    Finest of Six Identified

    (1652) SHILNG New England Shilling AU58 NGC. CAC. Noe 3-B, W-80, Salmon 3-C, High R.7. 71.9 grains. Ex: Wurtzbach. This nearly Mint State survivor is an exceptional example on a well-made, round planchet with lovely bluish-steel surfaces and delicate gold toning that serves to backlight the NE and XII. Both punches were sharply entered into the flan. The obverse punch is a recutting of obverse 2, while the reverse is a new punch that has a heavy break extending from the left edge of the second I downward to the edge of the cartouche.

    The Noe 3-B NE shilling is extremely rare. Jack Howes identifies exactly five examples of this variety, including a low-grade example in the collection of the American Numismatic Society. A new sixth example appeared in the January 2013 Stack's-Bowers sale. The Partrick example is the finest of those known, clearly finer than the Robison and Atwater coins, and likewise finer than the 1978 Kreisberg auction coin and the newly discovered example. Several prominent colonial collectors lacked this variety. Among those collectors are C.H. Stearns, John Work Garrett, Richard Picker, Mrs. Norweb, the Hain Family, and Herbert Oechsner.

    A cousin of Virgil Brand, Carl Wurtzbach (1864-1947) was a resident of Massachusetts who served as president of the Lee National Bank. An avid collector of Massachusetts silver and copper, Wurtzbach published photographic plates depicting the obverse and reverse of 83 coins. The 1937 publication included eight printed leaves and four double-page plates. Wurtzbach donated his Massachusetts coppers to the American Numismatic Society. He also served as president of the American Numismatic Association from 1917 to 1919.

    Census of Noe 3-B NE Shillings
    1. AU58 NGC.
    Robert Coulton Davis; Dr. Thomas Hall; Virgil Brand; Carl Wurtzbach; T. James Clarke; F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 10/2005), lot 2; Jon Hanson (10/18/2005); Donald Groves Partrick. The present piece.
    2. AU53 PCGS. Abner Kreisberg (10/1978), lot 2.
    3. XF40 PCGS. Stack's-Bowers (1/2013), lot 10615.
    4. VF. Robison Collection (Stack's, 2/1982), lot 4; Stack's (3/1984), lot 915.
    5. Fine, estimated grade. William B. Osgood Field; ANS (Inv. 1946.89.72).
    6. Fine, estimated grade. Carl Wurtzbach; William Cutler Atwater (B. Max Mehl, 6/1946), lot 1; B. Max Mehl (11/1954), lot 1965-A; Futter Collection.

    Ex: Dr. Thomas Hall; Virgil Brand; Carl Wurtzbach; T. James Clarke; F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 10/2005), lot 2; Jon Hanson (10/18/2005).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AR9, PCGS# 13)

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