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    1783 Nova Constellatio, Crosby 2-B, Fine 15
    Likely Unique Silver Impression

    1783 Nova Constellatio Silver, Pointed Rays, Small US, Fine 15 NGC. CAC. Crosby 2-B, W-1865, R.2. 68.8 grains. Recorded in Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins as Breen-1108, the author speculated that this variety is unique in silver, and no other Nova Constellatio varieties are recorded in silver. There were no silver examples in the Ford sales, none appear in the Stack's Bowers online archives and this is the first example that we have handled. Copper examples of the Nova Constellatio series are frequently encountered. However, silver examples are of the highest rarity. This is likely the only one in existence.

    Donald G. Partrick wrote about this coin on his envelope:

    "The first discovery of a silver example of the entire Nova Constellatio series. 11-26-79 JJF says this piece worth 250,000. He has researched & discovered this was a pattern for silver coinage made by Adam Eckfeldt in Phila based on fact that Garrett Nova patterns were made in England by T Wyon than this piece worth far more than those Garrett pieces."

    He also notes on his envelope that this piece was "Authenticated by Picker, Newman, Vlack, and others at ANA, Boston 1973."

    While the extremely rare Nova Constellatio silver patterns were produced in the United States, the Nova Constellatio coppers were most likely minted in Birmingham, England. Extensive background on this series appears in Eric P. Newman's "New Thoughts on the Nova Constellatio Private Copper Coinage" and in Louis Jordan's "An Examination of the 'New Constellation' Coppers in Relation to the Nova Constellatio-Constellatio Nova Debate." Newman's 1996 article appeared in Coinage of the American Confederation Period, American Numismatic Society, Coinage of the America's Conference. Jordan's article appeared in the December 2000 Colonial Newsletter.

    A few dark toning spots appear on the light silver-gray surfaces of this important piece. Hints of gold and steel toning visit the obverse and reverse peripheries with faint, old hairlines across the reverse.
    Ex: Richard Picker (10/6/1973); Donald G. Partrick.

    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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