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    1766 Pitt Farthing, XF45
    Elusive Betts-520, W-8345

    1766 Pitt Farthing, Betts-520, W-8345, R.6, XF45 NGC. 62.7 grains, diameter = 25mm. Although the Pitt halfpennies are relatively common, the farthings are rare. Struck on cast brass planchets with a plain edge. William Pitt the Elder, depicted on the obverse, accomplished the repeal of the Stamp Act in March 1766. The legend designates him THE RESTORER OF COMMERCE. Within the encircling reverse legend of THANKS TO THE FRIENDS OF LIBERTY AND TRADE, is the diagonal AMERICA at right, and a ship at sail. As described in the 1914 Catalog of Coins, Tokens, and Medals in the Philadelphia Mint's collection, the ship has a lion figurehead and "AMERICA" is "written athwart her course." Louis Jordan's article on the Pitt pieces (coins.nd.edu) opines: "the reverse shows a ship headed toward America (based on the way the flags are flying in the wind, the ship appears to be heading toward the word America.)" This piece retains much interior detail on Pitt's hair and the ship's rigging; two portholes are clearly visible without magnification. The surfaces are a pleasing combination of olive and steel-brown. This piece is number 10 in Chris McDowell's Condition Census of 25 Pitt farthings that is available on the Newman Numismatic Portal. Listed on page 52 of the 2021 Guide Book. Census: 1 in 45, 1 finer (3/21).
    Ex: Norweb Collection, Part I (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 1242; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

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


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