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    1774/3 Virginia Shilling, PR62
    Silver Pattern, W-1695
    Ex: Garrett, Ellsworth
    Only Five Known; Two in Museums

    1774/3 SHILNG Virginia Shilling, Silver Pattern, PR62 NGC. W-1695, R.7. 83.0 grains. The extremely rare Virginia 1774/3 silver shilling is one of two patterns in the series, along with the very rare 1773 copper penny. The obverse die was likely originally made to strike English gold guineas. The reverse is similar to the regular 1773 halfpence, except the date is 1774. Five examples are known, all struck as proofs. The other pieces are unworn. One is in the Smithsonian, and another belongs to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; the three collectible examples are respectively known as the Roper, Garrett, and Newman coins.

    This example has a bold strike throughout. The glassy fields display light silver-blue toning. The obverse displays a trio of distributed unimportant marks, while the reverse on its own would likely command a finer grade. Thomas Elder named his June 1908 auction after consignor Peter Gschwend, and in the catalog description for the present coin stated that "Mr. Gschwend considers it [the 1774/3 shilling] the greatest prize of his collection."

    The present offering is only the eighth auction appearance of any 1774/3 Virginia silver shilling since an example appeared in the June 1890 Lorin Parmelee sale.

    Census of the 1774/3 Virginia Shilling

    Gem Proof. James Ten Eyck (B. Max Mehl, 5/1922), lot 832; F.C.C. Boyd; Boyd Estate; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 1/2005), lot 98; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Plated in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia, and at the Colonial Williamsburg website,

    PR62 NGC. Peter Gschwend Collection (Thomas L. Elder, 6/1908), lot 66; Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection; Garrett Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1294; Donald G. Partrick. Plated in Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia. The present example.

    PR58 NGC. Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (Heritage, 5/2014), lot 30014. Probably acquired in the 1940s from B.G. Johnson.

    Proof. Lorin Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp Co., 6/1890), lot 513; Page; Dr. Thomas Hall; Virgil M. Brand; Brand Estate; B. Max Mehl (privately, 1/11/1937); Norweb Collection; Smithsonian Institution. Certain past references have mentioned a second example in the Norweb Collection, although no such coin appeared in any of the Norweb sales.

    Proof. Roper Collection (Stack's, 12/1983), lot 131; private collection.

    The name of Virgil Brand has appeared in the provenance for the Colonial Williamsburg piece but it is not recorded in his journal. Brand owned a second example that he purchased from Spink in July 1906. That piece is either the Newman coin or the Roper coin, both recorded above. Listed on page 47 of the 2021 Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# AXYN, PCGS# 249)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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