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    1652 Pine Tree Threepence, AU55
    Noe-36 with Outstanding Eye Appeal

    1652 3PENCE Pine Tree Threepence, No Pellets at Trunk, AU55 PCGS. Noe-36, W-640, Salmon 2-B, R.4. Die alignment: 345º. A marvelous little coin, remarkably well-centered and fully struck. Pine Tree threepence are rarely encountered presenting their full design so well. The obverse legends are entirely on the coin, with only the top of the final S grazing the edge. The beaded outer border extends clockwise from 10 to 7 o'clock, which is about as complete as these are found. The center is firmly struck, with the die engraver's guideline for the inner circle visible between the dots. If the obverse is exceptional, the reverse is nearly perfectly centered and boldly struck, with every letter and design element complete. This example of the smallest Pine Tree denomination is deeply toned with rich rose and gold coloration mellowing in places to blue and violet. Its surfaces are smooth and the eye appeal is outstanding.

    The Noe-36 is not a particular scarce die variety. It is generally regarded as the most attractive and well-produced variety of Pine Tree threepence, with Christopher Salmon (The Silver Coins of Massachusetts) stating that stylistic similarities between this and the iconic Noe-1 Pine Tree shilling suggest that they were designed by the same engraver. What distinguishes this example from most others is that it is unusually well-centered. While the obverse of this piece shows some displacement toward 9 o'clock, every letter is fully visible, which is not typically the case. In addition, this threepence was struck from an early state of the obverse die, before the slight die flaw below the M of MASATHVSETS was joined by others and developed further.

    Alan Weinberg, our consignor, describes this piece as:

    "A superbly toned, broad-planchet threepence, perfectly struck and centered. So many threepence are either off center, or on 'tight' planchets with outer borders cut off, and with pebbled surfaces. This is the most aesthetically pleasing Pine Tree threepence I have seen."


    The magnificent MS64 Noe-36 sold in our 2015 sale of the Donald G. Partrick Collection is likely the finest known, but even it cannot claim either the centering or the coloration of this beautiful piece. The nicest of the Ford examples of this die variety rivals this threepence in terms of centering and strike, but the present coin has superior surfaces and color. While the Hain Collection boasted two Mint State Noe-36 threepence, both of them had significant portions of the obverse legend off planchet. This special coin will be a highlight of any collection. Listed on page 41 of the 2020 Guide Book. Population for the type: 15 in 55, 2 higher (11/19).
    From The Alan V. Weinberg Collection, Part III. (NGC ID# CFSF, PCGS# 45366)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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