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    1786 Connecticut Copper, VG8
    The Scholar's Head Miller 3-D.1

    1786 COPPER Connecticut Copper, Mailed Bust Right, Scholar's Head VG8 NGC. M. 3-D.1, W-2510, High R.5. 140.4 grains. There are only five obverse dies of 1786 Connecticut coppers that have the bust facing to the right, and each has different punctuation, simplifying attribution. Obverse 3 is known as the Scholar's Head, a nickname apparently originating with Michael Hodder in the Perkins catalog. This obverse appears with reverse D.1 as offered here, and reverse D.4 with only three known. The D.1 reverse appears nowhere else in the Connecticut series. This pleasing piece shows the legend, date, and major design elements with traces of internal detail. The surfaces are smooth steel-brown and mahogany. Nearly every major collection offered in recent times, including the 1975 EAC sale, and the Taylor, Perkins, and Ford Collections, included an example of this variety that grades only Very Good to Fine. The piece plated in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia, showing approximately Very Fine details, is one of the finest we have seen.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B2E, PCGS# 328)


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