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    1766 William Pitt Farthing, AU53
    Very Rare Betts-520
    Finer of Two at NGC

    1766 Pitt Farthing AU53 NGC. Betts-520, W-8345, R.7. The Pitt halfpenny (Betts-519) shows up regularly at auction, but its farthing counterpart is very rare. Recorded as the ninth finest in Christopher McDowell's Condition Census that appears on the Newman Numismatic Portal. McDowell writes: "An argument can be made that it should be placed as high as six or seven on this census." The lightly circulated farthing is remarkably free from contact. Pitt's hair displays moderate wear. The open fields and high points have a brassy gold color, while design recesses are lavender-brown. William Pitt the Elder accomplished the repeal of the Stamp Act in March 1766, which restored commerce across the Atlantic Ocean between England and America. Pitt ascended to the post of Prime Minister in July 1766. Other Pitt medals are listed in Betts, entries 514 through 522, and 524. NGC has certified just seven examples in all grades, with the present piece as the single finest. PCGS shows one finer as AU55 (10/20). Listed on page 52 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Virgil M. Brand; Briesland Collection; Stack's (6/1973), lot 803; Donald G. Partrick. Possibly from Spink & Sons (London) in 1907.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AUG, PCGS# 232)


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    January, 2021
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