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    1786 New Jersey Immunis Columbia Copper
    MS62 Brown, Third Finest Known

    1786 COPPER New Jersey Immunis Columbia MS62 Brown NGC. Crosby VII, 17, Maris 3-C, Breen-1129, W-5670, High R.6. 127.6 grains, 99% copper per NGC metallurgical tests. This rare variety combines the 1786 dated Immunis Columbia obverse with New Jersey reverse C, and it is actively collected as part of the New Jersey series. This example ranks high in the Condition Census of 16 pieces recorded in New Jersey State Coppers by Rogers S. Siboni, John L. Howes, and A. Buell Ish. Number 3 in their list is identified as "Central States Numismatic Society (May 13, 1949), lot 761" with no further details. The sale was conducted by James Kelly, and the colonials in that sale were identified as the property of Mr. Allen Harper:

    "This outstanding collection of Colonial coins was formed by Mr. Allen Harper of Kansas City, Missouri, during the past five years. Many of these items are from famous collections such as the Colonel Green, Newcomber [sic] and from Mr. Prann's collection sold at the Buffalo Convention in 1947."



    This piece matches the plate in that catalog. Further, it is accompanied by a brown envelope with a partially legible note signed "Jim":

    "This came from England - was in Harper collection. I consider it the next best buy of the lot. B.G. asked [illegible] one out of the Green collection. [illegible]. Jim."



    Both sides of this impressive copper exhibit attractively blended golden-brown and olive toning with hints of faded mint red that is especially visible on the reverse. While slightly blunt on the obverse devices, with a few trivial marks, the surfaces of this piece are lovely.

    This variety is related to several other rare colonial pieces in the present offering, including the Confederatio coppers. Siboni, Howes, and Ish write:

    "Although universally considered a pattern, to this day no one has satisfactorily demonstrated what the pattern was intended for."



    There has been a long-standing debate among colonial aficionados regarding the coining location of these various rarities, including the Confederatios. Some suggest they were made in England; others suggest America. These types of discussions or debates endear numismatics to many students of the field.
    Ex: From England; Allen Harper (Central States Numismatic Society, James Kelly, 5/1949), lot 761; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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

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