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    (1785) Bar Copper, MS62 Brown, W-8520
    Seldom Found in High Grades

    (1785) Bar Copper, Breen-1145, W-8520, R.4, MS62 Brown PCGS. Original and authentic examples of the enigmatic Bar copper pieces were produced circa 1785, possibly in Birmingham, England by Thomas Wyon, although the issue is of uncertain origin. Fashioned after a Continental Army uniform button, the simple and engaging obverse USA monogram represents the original states united together into a single entity, with 13 bars on the reverse representing each of the individual states. Most the pieces circulated in New York.

    The simplicity of the design draws collectors, while the uncertainty of its maker intrigues researchers. Authentic pieces show a tiny tine off the upper left edge of bar 12 and the upright of A over S. Clever copies by John Adams Bolen intentionally show the S over A to easily identify those well-made copies, which are collectible in their own right but not nearly as desirable as the originals. This is a smooth and glossy mahogany brown example, clearly Uncirculated, with excellent eye appeal. The coin is struck marginally off-center to the east. Listed on pages 75-76 of the 2020 Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B5J, PCGS# 599)


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