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    (1663-1672) Small Silver St. Patrick Farthing, XF40
    From the Norweb Collection
    Martin 1d.1-Ba.11

    (C. 1663-1672) Small Size St. Patrick Farthing, Silver XF40 NGC. W-11520, Martin 1d.1-Ba.11, High R.6. 103.0 grains. This example was purchased from "Douglas" per the Norweb catalog. Douglas was almost certainly the New Jersey building contractor and numismatist Damon Greenleaf Douglas (1898-1974). Slightly off-center with a wide upper border on both sides; however, the imperfect centering affects only the lower border details. This piece exhibits pleasing silver-gray surfaces with wisps of gold and pale blue toning.

    Philip Mossman discussed the denominations of the St. Patrick coinage in Mark Newby's St. Patrick Coinage. Mossman reviewed four opinions about the origins of the silver pieces that suggest they were medals, currency coins (shillings), models or proofs for the copper issues, or later restrikes from original dies. Mossman opined that they were too heavy to circulate as shillings, were struck about the same time as the copper pieces, and may have been presentation pieces. Listed on page 43 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Douglas (3/24/1933); Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 2384; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2U3S, PCGS# 45)


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