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    1773 Virginia Halfpenny, MS65 Brown
    Extremely Rare Newman 16-U

    1773 1/2 P Virginia Halfpenny, No Period, MS65 Brown NGC. Newman 16-U, W-1660, High R.7. Eight harp strings. The seventh harp string counting from the left passes over the sound board, and that is diagnostic for this reverse among the eight harp strings dies. Another diagnostic is the diminutive, oblong pellet between the 3 and the V of VIRGINIA. A line drawn from the top of the 3 to the bottom of the V passes well below the oblong pellet, while a similar line passes through the pellet on all other eight harp strings reverse dies. Virginia coinage varieties were described in Eric P. Newman's 1956 Coinage of Virginia with new varieties published in the 1962 A.N.S Museum Notes #10. Neither die was noted in those works. This piece appeared in a June 1973 Stack's sale where it was reported as Newman 14-U and a new variety. Donald G. Partrick wrote that 14-U designation on his envelope.

    Varieties listed in the Whitman Encyclopedia were based on the updated research of Alan Anthony and Roger Moore, both careful scholars and students of the series. The two collaborated with Eric P. Newman to publish an update that appeared in the April 2005 issue of The Colonial Newsletter.

    They have identified this variety as Newman 16-U, likely based on Eric P. Newman's annotation in his June 1973 Stack's catalog: "14 was already used by New Netherlands in 1967, this might be called 16-U."

    This lovely tan and chestnut-brown halfpenny exhibits hints of pale blue toning with traces of original mint color on its reflective surfaces.
    Ex: Virgil M. Brand; Briesland Collection (Stack's,6/1973), lot 841 as Newman 14-U; Gilbert Steinberg; Stack's (9/1993), lot 890 as Newman 14-U; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2ATL, PCGS# 243)

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