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    1652 Oak Tree Shilling, MS65
    IN at Left, Noe-1, W-430, Salmon 1-A
    Finest Known, Ex: Donald Groves Partrick

    1652 SHILNG Oak Tree Shilling, IN at Left, MS65 NGC. CAC. Noe-1, W-430, Salmon 1-A, R.3. 70.5 grains. Ex: Hanson/Donald G. Partrick Collection. Noe recorded this variety as being first among the Oak Tree shillings in his reference, and modern knowledge supports his placement. The operators of the Boston Mint gained little knowledge of rocker-press production during the Willow Tree period, and were still inexperienced in terms of die engraving. The die faces were convex, and had to produce a round coin. The solution was to engrave those dies in an oval shape. When those dies met a flan, the result was a round design on the finished coin. The evidence of all known Noe-1 Oak Tree shillings indicates that the obverse die was round, and the reverse die was oval, accounting for an off-center obverse and a centered reverse.

    This highly lustrous Gem clearly shows the sinusoidal wave of rocker-press coinage, and has a distinctive oval shape, resulting in part from the strike and in part from crimping of the flan at the Boston Mint. The weight is a trifle light, but insufficiently so to suggest outside clipping after the coin was produced. The inwardly curved left side of this piece encroaches slightly upon the legend so that the tops of IN on the obverse and NDO on the reverse are absent. Otherwise, the legends are complete. Intermingled gold and pale blue toning heightens the eye appeal of his exceptional shilling. This is the finest Noe-1 shilling known to us, slightly better than the Eric P. Newman coin, or the Parmelee/Boyd/Ford example that Heritage handled in 2008. Following those two coins and the MS63 Partrick duplicate (ex: Eliasberg), the Condition Census falls sharply through the AU grades. Listed on page 41 of the 2017 Guide Book.
    Ex: Jon Hanson; Donald Groves Partrick; Partrick Collection (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5524, realized $111,625.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ARK, Variety PCGS# 45361, Base PCGS# 20)


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

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