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    1652 Pine Tree Shilling, MS64
    Small Planchet Noe-16

    1652 Pine Tree Shilling, Small Planchet, MS64 PCGS. Noe-16, W-835, Salmon 2-B, R.2. 72.07 grains. Die alignment: 15°. An extraordinary Choice Uncirculated example of this die variety, quite possibly the finest known. The strike is exceptionally bold, with even the delicate marks left by the engraver's tools sharply visible in the fields. The legends are clear and the central tree device is distinct. The obverse is nearly perfectly centered, with the outer beaded border being visible except around 5 o'clock, where it is soft on all known examples. The reverse is well centered for the variety, with the slight displacement toward 1 o'clock being typical. The surfaces are a deeply toned brown-gray.

    The obverse of the Noe-16 is known for its compact inner circle, with a small tree that is closely circumscribed by the surrounding dots. This leaves ample room for the obverse legend, which is more cleanly and carefully laid out than on most other Small Planchet varieties. A small rim break extends from the I of IN down toward the left foot of the N, but otherwise the die appears to be of an early state, before some of the tree's branches begin to become less distinct. The reverse is less competently executed, with the inner circle being out of round and the denomination obviously recut. The unpunctuated NEWENGLAND is spread out, while the AN DO is rather tight. Despite all of this, Noe-16 constitutes the only use of the obverse die but the first of several uses of the reverse.

    As mentioned, this may be the finest known example of the Noe-16 Pine Tree shilling. The Hain piece is exceptional, and is probably its closest rival. Ford's nicest Noe-16, the Noe and Salmon plate coin, is a short step behind them in terms of quality. The Partrick Collection's Noe-16 was About Uncirculated. Our consignor, Alan Weinberg, recalls that:

    "This coin was acquired from Richard 'Dick' Picker in 1966 by my parents for $900 as a college graduation gift for me. I showed it to Tony Terranova at his home a few years ago and he thought it was the finest condition Small Planchet Pine Tree shilling he'd seen. No other example that I've seen in 60 years has matched it for surface, luster, strike and color. It is the only Small Planchet Pine Tree shilling in my collection, as the vast majority are unattractive, struck on tight planchets with little or no outer beaded border and often with the tops of the legends cut off."

    This coin was part of the landmark exhibition of Massachusetts silver coinage at the American Numismatic Society in 1991 (Kleeberg catalog No. 111). Listed on page 41 of the 2020 Guide Book. Population for the type: 2 in 64, 0 higher (11/19).
    Ex: Richard Picker (1966).
    From The Alan V. Weinberg Collection, Part III. (NGC ID# 2ARZ, PCGS# 24)

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

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