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    1652 Pine Tree Shilling, MS62
    Noe-26, Ex: Boyd, Ford
    The Finest Known

    1652 SHILNG Pine Tree Shilling, Small Planchet MS62 NGC. CAC. Noe-26, W-900, R.5. 71.3 grains. A remarkable multiple-struck mint error. Perhaps its curious appearance caused this piece to be set aside, since it ranks among the finest examples of Noe-26, and is clearly the finest known to us. The first strike was well centered, but nonetheless, the coin was struck a second time from the same dies, rotated approximately 120 degrees counterclockwise from the first impression. The coin was then struck a third time, with the reverse die shifting north a few degrees relative to the stationary obverse die.

    From the first strike, the letters MAS are clear, at 12 o'clock relative to the second impression. SETS is weak, but evident, as are traces of other design elements. On the reverse, the AN in AN DO remains from the first strike, also at 12 o'clock of the second strike. The third strike had little effect on the obverse, but the reverse letters and numerals are shifted north.

    Small Planchet Pine Tree shillings were coined using a screw press, a decidedly more modern and efficient mechanism than the rocker press previously in use at the Boston Mint. Rotated and shifted multiple strikes occur easily when the screw press coiners are inattentive. Typically, such pieces are melted on the premises and eventually recoined, although a late 17th-century colonial mint undoubtedly had a greater tolerance for novelties.

    Apart from its status as an error coin, this is a high-grade example that boasts substantial luster. The apple-green and sun-gold toning is attractive, and no abrasions are apparent. Condition Census for the variety, in addition to its significance as a mint error.
    Ex: F.C.C. Boyd Collection; John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part 12 (Stack's, 10/2005), lot 126; Jon Hanson; Donald Groves Partrick.


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