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    1652 Oak Tree Shilling, AU58
    Richly Toned Noe-7

    1652 SHILNG Oak Tree Shilling, IN at Bottom, AU58 PCGS. Noe-7, W-480, Salmon 5-D, R.5. 69.13 grains. Die alignment: 360°. A near-Mint State example of this very scarce die variety, with magnificent eye appeal. For the Noe-7 obverse, the Noe-6 die has been radically revised: while similarities can be seen in the legends, the central tree has been entirely recut and is far more carefully designed here than on the preceding variety. This obverse focal point is beautifully preserved on this piece, enhanced by deeply toned surfaces that resemble autumn leaves. This is the only use of the obverse die. In contrast, this is the final of four distinct uses of the reverse die, which by now is heavily worn. What began as small cracks at the diagonal of the N of AN have grown and fused into the large focal break we see jutting through the inner circle of dots toward the 2 of the date, which itself has also developed a significant break underneath its horizontal. The rim breaks above ND A that began to be seen in the Noe-5 combination are substantially thicker and more disruptive on the Noe-7, which unsurprisingly marks the final use of this reverse die.

    Incredibly, this is the second AU58 example of this scarce variety in the Weinberg collection, with his other being sold in our 2019 World's Fair of Money sale. That piece, from the Garrett Collection, arguably had the advantage in matters of centering and sharpness, but the present shilling is perhaps the more memorable given its exceptionally rich toning. The Partrick Collection included a remarkable example in a late die state, though centering remained an issue and the planchet had a small split in it. The nicer of the two Noe-7 Oak Tree shillings in the Ford Collection was outstanding, and like the Garrett-Weinberg piece was superior in terms of centering and sharpness of strike, but it remains the lesser coin in terms of overall eye appeal. Our consignor, Alan Weinberg, describes this piece as:

    "Absolutely original Mint State in my opinion with original lustrous patina. Acquired at the December 2000 Baltimore show from Georgia's Sam Halter, who said it came out of the proverbial 'woodwork' and placed it up for private bid. I've never seen its equal."


    Listed on page 41 of the 2020 Guide Book. Population for the type: 6 in 58, 5 finer (11/19).
    From The Alan V. Weinberg Collection, Part III. (NGC ID# 2ARL, Variety PCGS# 45362, Base PCGS# 20)


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

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