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    1786 Connecticut Copper, AU58
    Draped Bust Left, Miller 7-K
    Crosby Plate Coin

    1786 COPPER Connecticut Copper, Draped Bust Left AU58 NGC M. 7-K, W-2695, R.7. 149.7 grains. In the 2000 catalog of the VF Perkins coin, a reappearance of the first Taylor specimen, cataloger Mike Hodder writes: "Dr. Hall owned one he graded Fine, but which one was that?" We now have the answer as the present coin clearly displays Dr. Hall's white ink marking on the edge. This is the Crosby plate coin and it is far finer than any of the few other pieces that are known. The 1975 Pine Tree-EAC coin was graded Almost Fine, and the cataloger wrote: "Even in this grade, it is one of the finest known, exceeded in our experience only by the sharper Crosby Plate coin, but considerably better than the Miller Plate coin." That coin reappeared as lot 2389 in the Taylor sale with the grade of VG. The Perkins coin, previously lot 2388 in the Taylor sale, grades VF, and it was called second finest known behind the ANS example. Ford's front line coin, from the Henry C. Miller Collection, was graded VG to Fine, but is clearly lower grade than the others mentioned here.

    This impressive piece is undoubtedly the finest known, and provides the present generation of Connecticut specialists with an extremely important opportunity. Both sides have lovely light olive-brown color, with a dash of emerald patina on the seated figure's breast. Only a trace of wear is noted on the high points.
    Ex: Dr. Thomas Hall; Virgil Brand; Brand Estate; B.G. Johnson; Eric P. Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 337)


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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