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    1785 Immune Columbia, George III Mule, XF40
    From the Mills and Garrett Collections
    Tied for the Finest Known

    1785 COPPER Immune Columbia Copper, George III Obverse, W-1995, High R.6 XF40 NGC. CAC. Ex: J.G. Mills. 122.5 grains. Chestnut-brown surfaces exhibit a few splashes of steel patina on each side of this famous Machin's Mills copper. The strike is imperfectly centered with GEORGIVS partly off the flan. Similarly, most of IMMUNE is lost to the edge of the planchet. The problem-free surfaces exhibit inconsequential handling marks. This piece was graded Extremely Fine in the Garrett catalog, and carries the same grade from NGC today.

    When Michael Hodder cataloged the Ford coin (Part II, lot 285), he wrote: "One of the finest known, up there along with Garrett: 1336 and Norweb: 2623." Only two of the 14 examples recorded in J. Bruce Jackson's roster were graded Extremely Fine, the Garrett and Norweb coins. None were considered finer. The Ford coin was omitted entirely. Noted briefly, the following rank of coins is observed, from best to worst: Garrett: 1336 (offered here); Norweb: 2623; Ford: 285; NN59: 1066 (offered below); Park: 125; Bareford: 8; Stacks 6/1981: 48; Oechsner: 1005; Robison: 100; Roper: 211; Lauder: 193; Steinberg: 69; Yale University; and Bowers and Merena, privately (2). The first three are approximately tied for finest known, and the position of the last three is uncertain as no grades were recorded.

    Jackson recorded weights of eight examples, and only the Norweb coin is heavier than this example. With some examples cut-down or clipped, such as that in the next lot, the full weight of this piece is an important observation. Another specimen in the Donald Groves Partrick Collection, ex: Parmelee, Norweb, graded XF40 NGC is slated for a future Partrick sale.
    Ex: John G. Mills Collection (Chapman Brothers, 4/1904) lot 121; Robert Garrett; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1336; Donald Groves Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 835)

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

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    January, 2015
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