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    1652 Oak Tree Sixpence, AU55
    Noe-16, IN on Reverse

    1652 Oak Tree Sixpence, IN on Reverse, Noe-16, W-360, Salmon 1-A, R.5, AU55 NGC. 34.8 grains. One of the finest known examples of the die variety. Both sides are well-centered, with nearly all of the legends on planchet. The coloration is exceptional, and bears eloquent witness to the originality of this piece. The obverse of Noe-16 is always somewhat faint, and this example provides more arboreal detail than is usually seen. From 4 to 8 o'clock of the obverse, the strike is noticeably soft -- the rosette preceding the M of MASATHVSETS is barely visible. The spindly appearance of the tree is striking, and stands in contrast to the relatively neat tree on the Noe 20-22 obverses. The die-cutter's central dot is easily seen amid the branches, as it is on the reverse (where it seemingly punctuates the date as 16.52). The reverse legend is far more distinct, and the inner circle of dots is nearly circular. Only a few signs of circulation are evident, with some light hairlines to the right of the tree. Struck from early states of both dies, with cracks present but undeveloped. The finest known example of this die pairing was sold in our 2015 offering of coins from the Partrick Collection. The present piece rivals the Noe plate coin offered in the 2005 Ford sale, being more softly struck but better centered; it is superior to any of the Hain Family pieces or the Kendall example. Listed on page 41 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Barney Bluestone (circa 1943); Major Alfred Walter (New Netherlands, 12/1968), lot 199; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ARG, Variety PCGS# 45359, Base PCGS# 19)


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