1652 3PENCE Oak Tree Threepence, No IN on Obverse, AU50 PC...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1652 Noe-24 Oak Tree Threepence
1652 3PENCE Oak Tree Threepence, No IN on Obverse, AU50 PCGS.
Noe-24, W-270, Salmon 2-A, R.6. Die alignment: 360º. An
exquisite example of this small-size Massachusetts silver
denomination, and an ideal choice for a type set. Each of the seven
die combinations of Oak Tree threepence has a different obverse.
The Noe-24 obverse features an unusually designed tree, with the
trunk to the left of center and the canopy of the branches oriented
heavily to the right. Two of the three uses of the backwards S in
MASATHVSETS on the Noe-23 have been corrected on the Noe-24, with
only the first remaining incorrect. This example is sharply struck
and rather well-centered for the variety, with just enough
displacement toward 1 o'clock to add additional character. The
mysterious dot located beyond the outer circle of dots and above
the V is boldly visible, and the crude rosette engraved over a
mostly effaced IN at 12 o'clock is clearly seen. The reverse is
almost perfectly centered and, while softly struck in places, it
remains sharper than either the Noe or Salmon plate coins. Original
surfaces are complemented by slate-gray coloration with gold
No IN on Obverse, AU50
Alan Weinberg, our consignor, writes that this piece is:
"About as nice an Oak Tree threepence as I've seen and a quite rare variety above Fine. I consider it superior to the assigned grade but these tiny Massachusetts Oak Tree silver coins are hard to grade as there's little to nothing extant with which to compare. This came out of Tony Terranova's personal collection once he knew it was going into appreciative hands. He's been a tremendous help over many decades to me in building a top-notch collection. I firmly believe his collecting propensity makes for the knowledgeable dealer he is."
Clearly among the finest known examples of the variety, this piece holds its own in comparison to the outstanding Jay-Hain threepence, which is nearly as sharp but has a somewhat off-center reverse. Ford's was the previously mentioned Noe plate coin, which is splendid but has some distracting marks on the reverse. Notably, this variety was missing from the Partrick Collection. This coin was part of the landmark exhibition of Massachusetts silver coinage at the American Numismatic Society in 1991 (Kleeberg catalog No. 68). Listed on page 40 of the 2020 Guide Book. Population for the type: 4 in 50, 2 finer (11/19).
Ex: Anthony Terranova Collection.
From The Alan V. Weinberg Collection, Part III. (NGC ID# 36MF, Variety PCGS# 45357, Base PCGS# 18)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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