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    Very Rare St. Patrick ""Farthing"" In Silver

    Undated (ca. 1670) St. Patrick "Farthing" in Silver AU 55 PCGS. A very rare striking in this metal and the first we have offered for sale. The Mark Newby or St. Patrick "farthings" were struck for circulation in Catholic England in the early 1640s, and later were shipped to Ireland after Cromwell's takeover. Small change was much needed in America and the cask of coins Newby brought over to New Jersey generally circulated at twice their actual value. This is a very well made piece that shows uncommonly sharp details and is almost perfectly centered. Lightly toned with just a hint of even golden patina over each side and no mentionable marks. The silver strikings lack the brass insert on the crown that is present on the copper pieces. Listed on page 20 of the 1998 Guide Book. (NGC ID# 2B6M, PCGS# 670)

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    Auction Dates
    August, 1998
    7th-10th Friday-Monday
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