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    1783 Chalmers Sixpence, W-1765, XF40
    Rarest Sixpence Variety
    Period Between Large Date

    Third-Finest Known

    1783 6PENCE Chalmers Sixpence, Large Date XF40 NGC. Breen-1013, W-1765, R.7. Ex: Craige. 28.5 grains. Period Between Large Date. Of the three varieties of Chalmers sixpence, the Breen-1013 Large Date showing a period between 17 and 83 is almost certainly the rarest. As we pointed out in our recent offering of an AU55 NGC example in the Newman Collection Part V Signature (Heritage, 11/2014), the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia suggests (with a question mark) a rarity of two to four pieces, but we believe the actual survival is more on the order of eight to 10 examples. We believe that the Small Date sixpence variety (Breen-1015) survives to the extent of a dozen to a dozen and a half, while the Large Date, Period After Date (Breen-1014) survival is perhaps two dozen coins. Breen's 1017 has been proven to be an example of Breen-1014.

    Large Date, with a period appearing between 17 and 83. The Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia notes that "the 'period' dividing the date is actually an ornament found on other dies as well, but in this instance intruding slightly into the date." Note the small T and S within the crescents ending the cross on the reverse, for Thomas Sparrow (1746-1784), engraver of the dies (perhaps for all the Chalmers coins). He also engraved the plates for Maryland paper currency and the so-called Sparrow Seal, which first appeared in 1765 on the title page of the Reverend Thomas Bacon's compilation of the Laws of Maryland. Sparrow was the ward and employee of Annapolis printer Jonas Green.

    The strike is off-center toward 9 o'clock on the obverse, with the dentilation correspondingly boldest at 3 o'clock. The surfaces are nicely preserved overall, showing the expected light to moderate wear. The reverse displays some reeding and edge marks in the central area from contact with a second coin. A small fissure appears near the rim between 1 and 7 in the date. This piece is the third-finest known to us of this extremely rare variety, behind the Newman example and one XF45 PCGS piece. The Newman AU55 NGC-CAC coin brought $88,125.
    Ex: Ted L. Craige (1/16/1971); Donald Groves Partrick / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5655.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AUS, PCGS# 594)

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