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    1776 New Hampshire Copper, VG10
    W-8395, Ex: Stickney, Garrett
    The Crosby Plate Coin

    1776 COPPER New Hampshire Cast Copper, VG10 PCGS. W-8395, R.6. Ex: Garrett. 154.9 grains. This example is plated in Crosby, in the Guide Book, and in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia, and likely elsewhere. Although this variety is estimated at "URS-5 or 6" in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia, suggesting a population in the range from nine to 32 pieces, we suspect the actual population is less than nine. This is only the second example we have handled, and is slightly finer than the Newman coin that we offered in November 2014, and again in July 2015. That piece, PCGS certified Good 6, realized $94,000 in each appearance. This coin from the Garrett Collection is the only example that appears in the Stack's Bowers online archives.

    The New Hampshire House of Representatives considered a copper coinage issue early in 1776 and directed William Moulton to make up to 100 pounds weight of these copper coins that depicted a pine tree and the words AMERICAN LIBERTY on the obverse, and a harp in a plain field on the reverse. The original legislation called for the date, 1776, to appear on the reverse.

    Henry Chapman discussed this particular coin in the Stickney catalog:

    "(1776) Cent. Pine tree. AMERICAN LIBERTY. R. Harp turned to left. Made by casting. Good. Excessively rare; probably but two known. Weight 155 grains. See plate. Crosby plate VI, No. 3, this identical piece which was the only one Crosby knew of, and of which he speaks of on page 176."



    This piece has splendid golden-brown color with hints of olive patina. The surfaces are lightly porous, a result of the casting process when these pieces were made. An old vertical scratch appears in the right obverse field, but otherwise, this is a lovely example of the rare New Hampshire copper. Listed on page 59 of the 2020 Guide Book.
    Ex: Matthew A. Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907), lot 112; Colonel James W. Ellsworth; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1323; Stack's Bowers (3/2012), lot 4005.
    From The Poulos Family Collection. (NGC ID# 2AZX, PCGS# 286)


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

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