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    1786 New Jersey Copper, AU55
    Finest Known Maris 21-P Curved Plowbeam

    1786 New Jersey Copper, Curved Plowbeam, Maris 21-P, W-4920, R.5, AU55 NGC. 172.8 grains. A truly beautiful New Jersey copper, well struck on a problem-free planchet, and the finest known example of this particular die marriage. Both sides are almost perfectly centered, with surfaces awash in a gorgeous autumnal display of reds and browns. Every design element is sharply impressed, with only a hint of central weakness, and original mint red lingers around some of the obverse lettering. A very slight mark within the chief (upper section) of the reverse shield is the only indication of post-strike handling that can be found without careful examination under magnification. This is an exceptionally heavy coin--in fact, it was the heaviest New Jersey copper in the Boyd-Ford collection of these pieces. The stipulated legal weight was 150.0 grains, and it is very unusual to encounter one that so far exceeds that requirement. It is possible that a slightly thicker planchet allowed this particular example to strike up more fully. The Maris 21-P is found with the obverse in an intermediate to late die state, after a crack has formed from the rim to the final E of CAESAREA, and with die failure starting to become visibly evident to the left of RE. It was also the last variety to be struck with this obverse die. It was called Uncirculated when sold by the Chapman Brothers in 1895 and 1904, a sentiment echoed by Hillyer Ryder and, in more recent times, by Michael Hodder and the authors of New Jersey State Coppers. It is a marvelous coin. Listed on page 73 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Richard B. Winsor (S.H. & H. Chapman, 12/1895), lot 185; Charles Steigerwalt; John G. Mills (S.H. & H. Chapman, 4/1904), lot 405; ex Hillyer Ryder (depicted in the 1914 ANS catalog of their Exhibition of United States and Colonial Coins); F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 10/2003), lot 109; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 767882, Base PCGS# 45424)


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