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    1652 Noe-35 Oak Tree Threepence
    The Only Complete Example Known
    Unknown to Noe

    1652 3PENCE Oak Tree Threepence, IN on Obverse, Noe-35, W-320, Salmon 7-B, R.8, AU53 PCGS. CAC. Two examples of this variety are known, and the other one that was part of the Norweb Collection has a prominent rectangular hole as illustrated on pages 180-181 of The Silver Coins of Massachusetts by Christopher J. Salmon. Sydney P. Noe recorded varieties 23 through 28 for the Oak Tree threepence in The Silver Coinage of Massachusetts. The two known examples of Noe-35 were described on page 227 of the Quarterman reprint of the Noe work, and this piece was illustrated therein on page 235; also plated in the January 1952 The Numismatist where the variety was announced, in Eric Newman's 1959 The Secret of the Good Samaritan Shilling, and in Walter Breen's 1988 Complete Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Coins. There was no illustration in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia where the text suggests that three examples are known, but we have no knowledge of the third example.

    Salmon writes: "The [obverse] die has been modified from the obverse of the 6-B variety [Noe-28] by extensive recutting to produce a distinct variety." However, the cataloger of the Kendall Foundation Collection noted that this is a unique obverse die that is not a recutting of a previously recorded obverse, and we concur with that observation. This piece is sharply struck and attractive, with antique gray surfaces that exhibit delicate gold and blue toning on each side. The obverse is noticeably off-center, while the reverse shows better centering, similar to the Noe-35 variety of Pine Tree threepence. This rarity was lacking from the Ford, Hain, Lasser, and Partrick Collections.
    Ex: O.K. Rumbel Collection (New Netherlands Coin Company, 8/1952), lot 2374; Stack's (6/1973), lot 774; Pine Tree Rare Coin Auctions (4/1974), lot 201; via Lester Merkin; Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection (Stack's Bowers, 3/2015), lot 2357.
    From the Collection of a Patriotic American.

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