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    1776 Continental Dollar, VF25
    Elusive Newman 1-B Variety
    Thin Brass Planchet

    1776 Continental Dollar, CURENCY, Thin Brass Planchet, Newman 1-B, Breen-1087, Hodder 1-A.2, W-8440, Low R.7, VF25 NGC. CAC. 222.15 grains. The Newman 1-B variety of the 1776 Continental dollar in brass is an elusive issue, with about a dozen coins extant. Examples on both thin and thick brass planchets are known. The obverse die features the misspelled word CURENCY in the legend. The reverse die is actually the same used to strike the extremely rare Newman 1-A variety, but in a later state. It was lapped extensively and the rings, which consisted of circles of dots in the earlier state, were strengthened so they appear to be solid lines in many places, with vestigial remnants of the original dots along the sides. Walter Breen theorized that the brass specimens were patterns, but Michael Hodder's research on die states of both brass and pewter examples indicates the two issues were struck simultaneously. The reverse die was reworked again to produce the Newman 1-C variety, which is known in pewter and silver versions.

    This VF25 example displays moderate, even wear on the pleasing steel and olive-brown surfaces, with no large or distracting abrasions on either side. Much interior detail remains intact on the devices, though the central reverse and some rings on the right are weak. Struck on a thin brass planchet. Overall visual appeal is quite strong for the grade. We expect intense competition from series specialists when this lot is called. Listed on page 87 of the 2021 Guide Book.

    Census of Newman 1-B in Brass
    1. MS63 NGC. Charles Jay Collection (Stack's, 10/1967), lot 39; Laird Park (Stack's, 5/1976), lot 109; Herdman Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 12/1977), lot 5039; Collection of a Patriotic American (Heritage, 7/2009), lot 1002, realized $299,000.
    2. MS62 NGC. Eric P. Newman Collection; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society; Selections From the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part V (Heritage, 11/2014), lot 3037. 75% copper, 22% zinc, 1% lead.
    3. AU55 NGC. B. Max Mehl (privately, 1/11/1937); Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 2451; Donald G. Partrick; Partrick Collection, Part I (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5835, realized $182,125. 78% copper, 19% zinc, 2% lead.
    4. AU55. Taylor Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1987), lot 2047; Somerset Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1992), lot 1010; Stack's (1/2007), lot 6439.
    5. AU or finer. (Described as "Virtually Uncirculated" in the Carter catalog) Jerome Kern Collection (B. Max Mehl, 5/1950), lot 769; Amon Carter Collection (Stack's, 1/1984), lot 204.
    6. Choice XF. Virgil Brand; F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 10/2003), lot 1.
    7. Choice XF. "Promised Lands" Sale (Pine Tree, 4/1974), lot 335; Gilbert Steinberg Collection (Stack's, 10/1989), lot 63.
    8. XF45 PCGS. 1999 ANA Sale (Heritage, 8/1999), lot 6465.
    9. XF. Lermann Collection; Garrett Collection, Part III (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1489. The Garrett catalog includes the following comment: "While the appearance of the present coin indicates that it is struck in copper, most specimens have been described as being in brass."
    10. XF. John L. Roper, 2nd Collection (Stack's, 12/1983), lot 198; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 9/2006), lot 112.
    11. AU Details NGC. New Netherlands Coin Company (privately, 8/21/1955); Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 2452; Donald G. Partrick; Partrick Collection, Part I (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5836. 89% copper, 8% zinc, 2% tin.
    12. VF25 NGC. Ellis Robison Collection (Stack's, 2/1982), lot 87; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick. The present coin.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AYP, Variety PCGS# 792, Base PCGS# 791)


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