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    1786 Immunis Columbia Copper, VF Details
    Maris 3-C Rarity

    1786 Immunis Columbia Copper, New Jersey Shield, Maris 3-C, W-5670, High R.6--Corrosion--NGC Details. VF. One of only 16 examples currently traced of this classic Confederation-era rarity, three of which are included in the Partrick Collection. This particular piece was part of the Spiro Collection, one of the few genuinely important holdings of New Jersey coppers disbursed in the mid-20th century. Dark brown fields are offset by medium tan legends and devices. Moderate circulation has tempered the areas of highest relief, but left all major design elements intact, from the globe on which Columbia sits, to the drapery of her dress, and even the delicately engraved scales she holds. Reverse detail is also good, with better delineation of the shield's vertical and horizontal lines than one might expect to find at the Very Fine level. The surfaces are uneven, most apparent in the lower left quadrant of both sides. This is not obvious without magnification, however, and the coin retains pleasing eye appeal.

    The 1786 Immunis Columbia has traditionally been collected with the New Jersey coppers because its reverse die was married to several obverses in that series (Maris 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.5, and 10.5). Now most researchers agree that while the reverse is indeed shared with the New Jersey emissions, the Immunis Columbia was almost certainly prepared for use in a proposal for a federal coinage contract, as opposed to a state contract. Far from diminishing its status as a New Jersey rarity, this shift in perspective has brought increased attention to the Immunis Columbia as a proposed federal issue. It is a very special coin. Listed on page 59 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Lyman Low (1899); Allison Jackman (Henry Chapman, 6/1918), lot 217; Dr. Jacob N. Spiro (Hans M.F. Schulman, 3/1955), lot 1430; later, Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.


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