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    (Ca. 1670) New Yorke in America Token
    W-1705, AU50
    100 Greatest Plate Coin

    (Ca. 1670) Token New Yorke Token, Brass, AU50 NGC. W-1705, R.6. 37.3 grains. 70% copper, 29% zinc. Attractive yellow-brass surfaces exhibit a few splashes of darker patina on both sides. Faint blue overtones add to the eye appeal of this exceptional example that is the finest certified by NGC. This is the plate coin in 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens where it is ranked as number 25.

    Recent research by John Kleeberg suggests that these tokens were issued in the late 1660s during the administration of Francis Lovelace (1621-1675), the second English governor of New York, who served from 1668 to 1673. Accomplishments during his leadership in New York included the purchase of Staten Island for its strategic importance; he also organized militia and expanded New York's defense. However, while he was visiting the Connecticut governor in 1673, Dutch forces conquered New York with virtually no opposition. Lovelace was imprisoned in the Tower of London and died in 1675, shortly after his release.

    The first public notice of the New Yorke in America tokens dates to May 1861, in an article by Fisk Parsons Brewer. His piece, "The Earliest New York Token" appeared in the Historical Magazine. Little was learned of these pieces for the next 130 years, until Kleeberg researched the tokens and presented his findings at the 1991 American Numismatic Society's Coinage of the Americas Conference. His study was published in Money of Pre-Federal America in 1992.

    Will Nipper (In Yankee Doodle's Pocket) shares a theory about these pieces that are generally considered pattern issues produced in England: "Perhaps the tokens were for use in Manhattan's King's House tavern. Lovelace had it built next door to the old Dutch Stadt Huys (state house) in 1670. The tavern served as New York's city hall from 1697 to 1793." Of the 20 or so pieces known in brass, this example ranks as one of the finest. Listed on page 74 of the 2022 Guide Book.
    Ex: Jon Hanson (5/10/2003); Donald Groves Partrick; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5629.
    From The Dickson Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# AUBK, PCGS# 226)


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