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    1785 Immune Columbia Copper, AU55
    Nova Constellatio Reverse

    1785 COPPER Immune Columbia, Nova Constellatio, Copper AU55 NGC. CAC. Breen-1117, W-1960, High R.6. 144.8 grains, 99% copper per NGC metallurgical tests. The reverse belongs to the series of Nova Constellatio coppers. There seems to be some confusion about the punctuation between those words. A period or dot clearly follows NOVA, but the other element that precedes NOVA is typically called a star or an "extra star." As that element has five lobes, and the stars between the rays have six points, that design element is better described as a cinquefoil, following Walter Breen's description. The reverse die is the same as the 1783 Nova Constellatio Crosby 2-B. Often labeled as products of Birmingham, England, new evidence points to the possibility of an American manufacture.

    Just over a dozen examples of this important variety are known, according to the URS-5 rating in the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins. The Eric P. Newman coin is a little finer than the XF Ford coin.

    A few trivial rim bumps are evident on each side of this exceptionally attractive copper. The lightly marked surfaces are pleasing olive-brown with a few maroon toning splashes on the obverse. The strike is a trifle blunt on the high points of this long-pedigreed piece. The impression is well-centered with a full date and complete legends that are well in from the partially detailed border.
    Ex: Charles I. Bushnell; Thomas Warner; C.T. Whitman; John G. Mills; Waldo Newcomer; B. Max Mehl; "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $350.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 826)


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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