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    1786 New Jersey Maris 3-C Copper, MS62 Brown
    Immunis Columbia Obverse
    Tied for Second Finest Known

    1786 COPPER New Jersey Immunis Columbia MS62 Brown NGC. Crosby VII, 17, Maris 3-C, Breen-1129, W-5670, High R.6. A small group of Immunis Columbia coppers includes some of the rarest colonial issues, including the Inimica Tyrannis coppers, the Gen. Washington coppers, and those featuring the Immunis Columbia die as seen here. The 1786-dated Immunis Columbia obverse is married with New Jersey reverse C on this rare variety that is an integral part of a New Jersey copper collection.

    The second edition of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins rates this piece as URS-4 on the Universal Rarity Scale, meaning that five to eight examples are known. Another reference, New Jersey State Coppers by Rogers S. Siboni, John L. Howes, and A. Buell Ish includes a Condition Census of 16 different examples, equivalent to a rating of URS-5. The authors of New Jersey State Coppers observe: "Although universally considered a pattern, to this day no one has satisfactorily demonstrated what the pattern was intended for." Dave Bowers writes in the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia: "Of all early American coppers, coins in this series are among the most enigmatic." Specific facts about this series are scarce.

    The Siboni-Howes-Ish Condition Census records one Mint State coin that appeared in the 1976 ANA sale, followed by two coins graded AU+ that are tied for second finest known. They are the present piece and the Eric P. Newman coin that is also graded MS62 Brown NGC. We offered the Newman example in November 2014.

    This previously unknown chestnut-brown example was the subject of an August 1, 1989, Numismatic News article that announced its discovery. The surfaces are smooth and attractive with no corrosion or other visible flaws. This piece is sharply struck with excellent centering.
    Ex: Unidentified Daytona, Florida seller; Jim Pappas and Ray Gelewski; Bowers and Merena (11/1989), lot 1551; Anthony Terranova; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BFJK, PCGS# 861)

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

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