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    (1737) Higley Copper, AG3
    Friedus 3.2-C Broad Axe Variety

    (1737) COPPER Higley Copper, Broad Axe, J CUT MY WAY THROUGH, AG3 PCGS. Breen-242, W-8260, Friedus 3.2-C, R.6. 132.5 grains. The Higley coppers, also known as Granby coppers, were produced by Dr. Samuel Higley, a Granby, Connecticut medical doctor who purchased land that included a copper mine. According to legend, Higley was fond of paying his tab at the local tavern with his own coins. There are few facts about these coins, but a great deal of numismatic myth. The Higley coppers were the first copper coins produced in colonial America, and are incredibly important to the numismatic historian.

    The central design motifs on both sides are clearly visible, while portions of the peripheral lettering are illegible on this lightly corroded dark olive-brown example. We expect considerable interest in this piece as an affordable Higley copper when compared to most examples in the marketplace. Listed on page 51 of the 2020 Guide Book.
    Ex: Corrado Romano Collection (Stack's, 6/1987), lot 22; Stack's (1/2010), lot 4109. (NGC ID# AUAX, PCGS# 213)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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