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    1787 Massachusetts Half Cent
    Ryder 4-C, Remarkable MS65 Red and Brown
    Ex: Hanson/Partrick, One of the Finest Known

    1787 1/2 C Massachusetts Half Cent, Ryder 4-C, W-5940, R.2, MS65 Red and Brown NGC. CAC. Ex: Hanson/Donald G. Partrick Collection. The preparation of the dies for the 1787 Massachusetts half cents is attributed to Joseph Callender, a local Boston engraver. Callender prepared six obverse and four reverse dies for 1787 coinage, with which the Boston-based Massachusetts Mint produced a total of nine individual varieties. Ryder 4-C, arguably the most available, features the only use of this reverse die, though the obverse was employed for two other marriages, despite a break that developed early near the Indian's left (facing) foot.

    This remarkable Gem displays substantial Mint-red luster, with subtle overtones of auburn and burgundy. Sharp definition on the central elements further increases the appeal, as these are frequently soft, even on the generally well-made Massachusetts coppers. It is the only 1787 Massachusetts half cent at either grading service designated as Red and Brown, with no examples in full Red regardless of grade. Listed on page 61 of the 2018 Guide Book.
    Ex: Jon Hanson (6/2002); Donald Groves Partrick Collection (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5681. (NGC ID# 2B22, Variety PCGS# 297, Base PCGS# 296)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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