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    1724 Hibernia Halfpenny, AU53
    Martin 4.51-K.4

    1724 1/2P Hibernia Halfpenny AU53 NGC. M. 4.51-K.4, W-13690, R.2. Jonathan Swift, among others, asserted that William Wood's Hibernia coppers were produced without Irish consent, and were notably underweight, causing Wood to relinquish his coinage patent to King George I in 1725. The last of the Hibernia halfpence bear the date, 1724, and are significantly scarcer in all grades than the typically encountered 1723 issue. This well-struck piece represents the 11 harp strings, two reverse dots variant, for which Martin lists six sub-varieties. The surfaces display a smooth auburn patina, with intermingled orange-brown accents. Only slight wear is present on the high points of the design, with overall outstanding visual appeal.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. (NGC ID# 2ATH, PCGS# 190)


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.

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