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    1652 Willow Tree Shilling, VF30
    Noe 2-B, Eight Known
    Ex: Crosby, Winsor, Jackman

    1652 SHILNG Willow Tree Shilling VF30 NGC. CAC. Noe 2-B, W-170, Salmon 2-B, R.7. 71.6 grains. Six die varieties exist of Willow Tree shillings, and all are very rare. Just two Noe 2-B shillings are confirmed, and the other five varieties range from High R.6 to R.7.

    The Noe 2-B variety was known to Crosby, and listed as Crosby 2-B in his Early Coins of America. Crosby once owned the present example, although it is not plated in his seminal reference. Noe knew of three pieces, listed as #7 through #9 among the Willow Tree shillings in his 1943 reference. The present coin is #9 in his Plate IV. Eight were recorded by the time of the 2005 Ford auction. The pedigrees for those coins were briefly noted in the 2002 Hain Family catalog as "T.J. Clarke (ex Wurtzbach), Earle sale, Steinberg (ex Jackman) sale, Roper sale, Lauder sale" and the Rusbar and two Hain Family examples. The present coin was in the Jackman sale but was not offered in any of the four Gilbert G. Steinberg auctions.

    The present coin was struck three times. From the first impression, all that remains evident is a thick line above the date, likely a row of dentils merged together by subsequent strikes and circulation wear. The coin rotated slightly between the second and third strikes, creating a double I in IN and a lesser shift on XII, DO, and GLA.

    Unlike some of those pieces, much of the design is present on this coin, including the left and right borders of the tree, its roots, XII, and the partial legends SATH, ETS IN, N DOM NE, and NGLAN. The 52 in the date is faint, but readily located. The gunmetal-gray surfaces are pleasing and without mentionable detractions. An important example of a very rare variety and type.
    Ex: Sylvester S. Crosby Collection (John W. Haseltine, 6/1883), lot 486; Richard Boswell Winsor Sale (S.H. & H. Chapman, 12/1895), lot 2; Allison W. Jackman Sale (Henry Chapman, 6/1918), lot 3; Peales; H.R. Newcomb; Col. Green; L. Young; Reed Hawn Collection of Massachusetts Silver (Stack's, 5/1998), lot 7; Donald Groves Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ARC, PCGS# 16)


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