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    1786 New Jersey Copper, XF45
    Maris 17-J Obverse Plate Coin

    1786 New Jersey Copper, Straight Plow Beam, M. 17-J, W-4860, R.4, XF45 NGC. 148.9 grains. An intriguing coin, forever endeared to collectors of New Jersey coppers by having been used to illustrate the obverse die in Maris's 1881 treatise on the subject. The obverse is rather wholesome, clean and free of any real problems--which is a little surprising since the coin is overstruck on a Connecticut copper. The horse is about as boldly rendered as one could hope for on a 17-J, and the somewhat truncated plow is clearly defined. Less distinct are the date and legend, both of which have been weakened on all examples of the 17-J by die lapping. The coin is struck off-center toward 10 o'clock obverse and 7 o'clock reverse, complicated by the planchet being out of round. The reverse has rougher surface texture, with some patches of verdigris noted near the top, and the light tan coloration is here mottled by areas of darker red-brown. Overstrike evidence is much more obvious on this side, with the 1787 date of the Connecticut undertype being clear between 1 and 2 o'clock. That this 1786-dated New Jersey copper is struck over a 1787-dated Connecticut copper bears elegant witness to the fact that these coins were not always produced in the year indicated. The shield is very distinct, and it is remarkable that neither side of this copper exhibits central weakness. Indeed, when this coin was last sold at auction, it was offered as the second finest example of the die marriage. While it is no longer regarded as such, it remains on the Condition Census for the variety and its provenance history suggests strongly that this a special coin. Listed on page 73 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Dr. Edward Maris (H.P. Smith, 6/1886), lot 373 (Maris 1881 obverse plate); Garrett Family (privately); Richard Picker (Stack's, 10/1984), lot 188; Anthony Terranova; R.E. Naftzger, Jr.; William O'Donnell (Stack's, 1/2001), lot 109; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 767905, Base PCGS# 45423)

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