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    1786 New Jersey Copper, MS63 Red and Brown
    Extraordinary Maris 15-T
    Tied for Finest Known

    1786 New Jersey Copper, Beam Straight, M. 15-T, W-4825, R.3, MS63 Red and Brown NGC. 141.3 grains. A magnificent New Jersey copper tied for finest known of the variety with abundant mint red. Intense coloration gives the coin exceptional eye appeal, particularly on the obverse. The strike is solid, if a bit soft in the highest parts of the central devices. Some indications of original planchet roughness remain along the horse's neck and trunk, running down to the plow. A bold die crack connects the EA of CAESAREA, extending to the plow's singletree. While the reverse is soft at the upper right corner of the shield due to degradation of the reverse die, the only marks of any note are either remnants of the original planchet or prove on closer inspection to be tiny die cracks and other signs of incipient die failure. The coin is virtually as struck, with a few light spots being the only sign that centuries have passed since it was produced.

    When this coin was offered in the 1996 Eliasberg sale, no provenance information was provided. Its listing in New Jersey State Coppers: History, Description, Collecting, by Roger S. Siboni, John L. Howes, and A. Buell Ish, correctly noted that it derived from the 1882 sale of the Charles Bushnell collection, but its ownership history is even richer than that. From Bushnell, the coin entered the legendary collection of Boston numismatist Lorin G. Parmelee, who was famous for buying entire collections in order to sift out the few gems he required before selling the rest at auction. Although it was plated in the 1890 Parmelee sale, that illustrious provenance was left off the description when the coin was next sold three years later as part of the Ropes collection -- despite the fact that the same firm sold both collections. Through dealer Charles Steigerwalt, the 15-T ended up in the famed collection of John Story Jenks, whose ownership of the coin was also long forgotten. Eventually, it was acquired by Louis Eliasberg and then by Donald G. Partrick.

    The Maris T reverse is found coupled only with the Maris 15 and 32 obverses. It is important to note that the die state seen on this example, with a diagonal crack running from directly below the first star of the legend toward the tip of the shield, is found only when the reverse is married to the Maris 15 obverse. This is interesting because the Maris 15 obverse is dated 1786 while the Maris 32 is dated 1787: in other words, this 1786-dated copper was produced after the 1787-dated coppers struck with the Maris 32 obverse die. A visually stunning example of a highly interesting copper, with an illustrious provenance chain. Listed on page 73 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Charles I. Bushnell (S.H. & H. Chapman, 6/1882), lot 923; Lorin G. Parmelee (New York Coin & Stamp Company, 6/1890), lot 383; E.W. Ropes (New York Coin & Stamp Company, 12/1893), lot 457; Charles Steigerwalt; John Story Jenks (Henry Chapman, 12/1921), lot 5512; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers & Merena, 5/1996), lot 75; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 45423)


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