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    1785 Silver Immune Columbia, AU55
    Diagonally Reeded Edge, W-1985
    Possibly the Finest Known

    1785 PIECE Immune Columbia Piece, 13 Stars, Silver, Reeded Edge, W-1985, High R.6 AU55 NGC. Ex: Garrett. 87.2 grains. 92% silver, 7% copper. NGC has recorded the weight of this piece as 87.2 grains, while the Garrett catalog gave the weight as 133.7 grains. J. Bruce Jackson records eight examples with weights that fall in the range of 75.1 to 93.1 grains, suggesting the weight in the Garrett catalog was a typographical error. The weight is nearly identical to the 87.3 grains standard of contemporary British shillings.

    From the same dies as the previous two lots, although here it is a silver impression with a Reeded Edge. Q. David Bowers suggested in the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins that these silver pieces were "Likely made at a later date." However, we have compared the reverse of this piece to the obverse of Eric P. Newman's 1785 Nova Constellatio Crosby 3-B, and the Newman piece is a later die state, proving that these silver pieces are contemporary issues of 1785.

    Vibrant cobalt-blue, gold, and rose toning appear on the light gray surfaces of this attractive silver example. A few scattered marks and trivial rim bumps are evident on this appealing piece.

    Like so many others in the series, the exact number of these pieces is uncertain. A population of seven to nine was recorded in the Garrett catalog. Breen called this "shilling" extremely rare, but failed to venture a guess as to how many are known. The Norweb cataloger suggested a total of eight to 10, while Jackson recorded 11 examples in his 1992 survey. Michael Hodder raised the population to 15 examples in the 2004 Ford catalog, while Q. David Bowers said URS-4 (?) in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia. The actual number of Reeded Edge coins appears to be in the range of 12 to 15.

    Examples are known both with vertical and diagonal edge reeding. Most catalogers fail to differentiate, although we know of at least four vertically reeded edge coins (Norweb, ANS, New Netherlands 60th, and Newman), and at least two (Robison and the present Garrett piece) with diagonal edge reeding. A second example in the Donald Groves Partrick Collection, graded VF35 NGC, is slated to appear in a future Partrick sale.
    Ex: Edouard Frossard (2/13/1883); T. Harrison Garrett; Robert Garrett; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1333; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 284; Donald Groves Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AZD, PCGS# 829)


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