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    1733 Rosa Americana Twopence, Engraved
    N-20, Reverse Die Trial -- Unique

    1733 2PENCE Rosa Americana Pattern Twopence, Uniface Reverse Die Trial with Engraved Obverse, N-20, Breen-109, Uncertified. Unique. 194.4 gn. 32.7 mm diameter. A fascinating piece, being a uniface impression of the rare 1733 Rosa Americana twopence pattern. Struck in Bath metal, the piece has toned yellow-brown, with the left reverse being a bit darker. It is holed through the 33 of the date. The otherwise blank obverse has been engraved "Mr Jackson" in 18th century style, oriented with the hole. That the hole was punched through the date implies that it was holed around the time it was struck.

    Areas of surface roughness strongly suggest that this was struck as a uniface die trial as opposed to as a regular pattern with the obverse subsequently planed off, though the weight of this piece is below that of normal 1733 Rosa twopence. It was described by Sydney Martin, in his Rosa Americana Coinage of William Wood, as a love token. We propose that it is more likely a souvenir of someone connected with its production (Wood was deceased by this time). Nelson notes the existence of a similar uniface piece (of the obverse, struck in steel) on the blank side of which is engraved "Hawkins, Janry. 1737." The existence of two such similar pieces connected to this rare issue is unlikely to be coincidental.
    Ex: Philip Nelson Collection (ascribed to,12/1913); F.C.C. Boyd Collection (1958); John J. Ford, Jr. Collection (Stack's, 5/2005), lot 195.
    From The Julian Kaufman Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2018
    3rd-8th Wednesday-Monday
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