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    1776 New Hampshire Copper, VF25
    Pine Tree Design, W-8395
    Likely the Finest Known

    1776 COPPER New Hampshire Pine Tree Copper VF25 NGC. Breen-708, W-8395, High R.7. A tall Pine Tree and the legend AMERICAN LIBERTY appear on the obverse, with a harp and the date 1776 on the reverse. Genuine examples of New Hampshire coppers are extremely rare although copies or novelties are commonplace. In his book In Yankee Doodle's Pocket, Will Nipper observes that millions of copies exist (perhaps a slight exaggeration). While we have no detailed Condition Census, our experience suggests that less than 10 genuine New Hampshire coppers exist.

    The New Hampshire House of Representatives formed a committee on March 13, 1776, for the purpose of considering a copper coinage. They recommended that William Moulton receive the coinage franchise to produce up to 100 pounds of copper coins, each having a weight of five pennyweight and 10 grains (130 grains). That legislation provided for the production of just 4,000 to 5,000 of these coins, depending on the use of Troy or Avoirdupois measurements. The number of pieces known today suggests that a much smaller quantity was actually produced.

    At the time these coins were made, William Moulton, who eventually moved to the Ohio (Northwest Territory) frontier, plied his trade in Hempstead, New Hampshire, about 20 miles southeast of Manchester.

    Unlike the normal production method, where coins were struck on planchets that were cut from sheets of refined copper, the New Hampshire coins were cast. Tan and olive-brown surfaces show splashes of steel-brown toning. The granular surfaces that appear on this coin are similar to all examples of the New Hampshire coppers.
    Ex: Stack's; Jon Hanson (5/10/1998); Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 286)

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

    View all of [The Donald G. Partrick Collection ]

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