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    1785 Inimica Tyrannis America Large Circle Piece
    Unique Silver Composition, VF Details
    The Only Reeded Edge Confederatio

    1785 Inimica Tyrannis America, Confederatio, Large Circle, Silver, "W-5632," Unique -- Holed -- NGC Details. VF. Ex: Hanson. 101.3 grains. 90% silver, 9% copper. This piece has a small hole at 6 o'clock, just above the R in AMERICA. A small attempted puncture is evident above the D in CONFEDERATIO. Light gray devices contrast with pewter surfaces, exhibiting delicate blue overtones on the obverse, and steel patina on the reverse. Eight examples of this die pair are known, the other seven in copper.

    Past studies of the Confederatio coinage suggested an English origin. Until two decades ago, when the present piece was discovered, all known examples were copper. The existence of this design in silver with a reeded edge suggests that it was produced in some official capacity, likely as a pattern for an intended coinage. The drawing of the reverse design that appeared in the May 13, 1785 report in the Journals of the Continental Congress indicates official government notice of this coinage. The existence of this piece in silver alludes to a formal pattern issue, and strongly suggests that the Confederatio and related pieces had an American origin.

    Thomas Jefferson is closely associated with the Inimica Tyrannis pieces, and may have conceived the design. A sketch of the reverse appears in the Papers of the Continental Congress in May 1785.

    The eight Confederatio varieties are individually rare, and they are rare as a group, with a combined population of about 30 pieces. We were pleased to offer four examples last November in the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V sale, and we are similarly pleased to offer three more Confederatio pieces in the present sale. Of all those pieces, the reeded edge silver example offered here remains unique. All others are copper with a plain edge.
    Ex: Stack's (6/1995), lot 18; Anthony Terranova; Jon Hanson; Donald Groves Partrick.


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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