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    (1652) New England Shilling, XF40
    Noe 3-B, Recently Discovered Specimen

    (1652) SHILNG New England Shilling, XF40 PCGS. CAC. Noe 3-B, W-80, Salmon 3-C, R.7. 68.3 grains. Colonial researcher Jack Howes submitted a detailed history and census of the Massachusetts NE coinage in the August 2010 issue (#143) of the Colonial Newsletter. In his article, "Early Massachusetts Silver--NE Types," Howes provided historical background. The NE coinage, consisting of shillings, sixpence, and threepence, were the first coins actually produced in colonial America. Howes wrote: "As the first coins struck in the English colonies in the New World, they hold a fascination that exceeds many other early experiments with coinage for the colonies."

    Howes enumerated five examples of the Noe 3-B NE shilling. For all varieties of NE shillings, he recorded 56 individual pieces, and perhaps 60 are known today, including more than 20 that are permanently housed in museum collections. Just six examples of the Noe 3-B variety are known, including the present piece, per our census that is updated from the Howes census.

    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 (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5517, which realized $293,750.
    2. AU53 PCGS.
    Abner Kreisberg (10/1978), lot 2.
    3. XF40 PCGS.
    Discovered in Great Britain; Stack's-Bowers (1/2013), lot 10615. The present piece.
    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.


    This piece exhibits a blend of light silver-gray, antique gray, and steel on both sides, on a well-formed and nearly round planchet. Both punches are bold, although the cartouche outlines are weak in places. The cracks in the punches are prominent and serve to identify the variety. This piece, like perhaps all NE coins, is slightly wavy with a few small dents and microscopic hairlines. While the last five years have been highly unusual, NE shillings appear infrequently in auctions, and only when major collections come on the market. From 1871 through 2014, there have been 86 auction appearances of NE shillings, an average of 21 months between appearances. However, we have records of 18 appearances in the last five years, including 12 appearances in 2015 alone. As all of those pieces find their way back to long-term collections, market appearances will again be few and far between. Today represents an important buying opportunity. Listed on page 39 of the 2020 Guide Book.
    Ex: Stack's Bowers (1/2013), lot 10615.
    From The Poulos Family Collection.

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


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