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    (1694) London Elephant Token, MS64 Brown
    Betts-81, Rare Thin Planchet Variety

    (1694) London Elephant Token, Thin Planchet, MS64 Brown NGC. Betts-81, Hodder 2-B, W-12040, R.2. Most Elephant tokens were struck on a thick planchet, but according to the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia, "a few are on thin, wide planchets." Breen (1988) states that the thin flans were "60 to the pound" while the thick flans were "30 to the pound." The (6/21) NGC Census shows only three examples certified as thin planchet, with the present lot finest by two grades. This is a lovely chocolate-brown Choice halfpenny token. The strike is sharp throughout the motifs, though striations from the planchet are visible at 5 o'clock on the obverse, and opposite at 7 o'clock on the reverse. Minor build-up is seen near the tusks, and the lower right portion of the pachyderm has a pair of small spots. GOD PRESERVE LONDON exhibits a stretched appearance typical of open collar coinage. Listed on page 41 of the 2022 Guide Book.
    Ex: Museum of the Dedham Historical Society, Auction 96, (5/2/2004), lot 211.
    From The Dickson Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2U3B, PCGS# 58)


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