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    1786 New Jersey Copper, AU55
    Choice Maris 15-L

    1786 New Jersey Copper, Straight Plow Beam, M. 15-L, W-4820, R.4, AU55 NGC. The Maris 15-L is a good example of a New Jersey copper that seems fairly common but of which no Uncirculated examples are known. The present coin is not listed in the Siboni-Howes-Ish census, but would likely have been ranked third had it been, with the Garrett and Norweb examples being just slightly sharper. This piece has exceptional eye appeal, with consistent cinnamon brown toning and very few marks. The surfaces are microgranular, but this is only evident under magnification. It is struck a little off-center toward 9 o'clock, with no dentilation visible on the left sides. The strike is a trifle soft, as can be seen in the center of the shield and along parts of the peripheries. Struck from a late obverse die state, cracking is clear from the EA of the legend down past the plow to the date. What little circulation wear is to be found is best seen along the central ridge of the horse's mane and in the area directly above its eye. The Maris 15 obverse is encountered matched with the J, L, T, and U reverses, all of which are present in this sale. The distinct horse head appears to be rearing back--its most obvious trait, and one that makes it readily identifiable to seasoned collectors. The similar style of its mane, more restrained than on obverse 13, but wilder than on 14, points to a common engraver with those dies. The L reverse was used in seven different combinations, of which this was among the earliest. It is easily confused with the T reverse, and care must be used to distinguish the two. Writing in 1881, Edward Maris referred to the 15-L as "Common." Speaking generally of the variety, this may well be the case, but New Jersey collectors quickly realize that a 15-L like the present example is anything but common. Listed on page 73 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Ted Craige (Bowers and Ruddy, 8/1974); Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 766283, Base PCGS# 45423)


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    Auction Dates
    March, 2021
    17th-18th Wednesday-Thursday
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