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    1787 Massachusetts Cent
    MS66 Red and Brown
    Ryder 3-G, Arrows in Left Talon
    Sole Finest for the Type

    1787 CENT Massachusetts Cent, Arrows in Left Talon MS66 Red and Brown PCGS. Ryder 3-G, W-6090, R.3. Ex: Essex Institute. The Essex Institute, now part of the Peabody Essex Museum, was founded in 1821, and throughout its existence carried out the mission of preserving artifacts relevant to history of Essex County. Over the course of 150 years, the facility accumulated a variety numismatic materials, including an small but impressive collection of Massachusetts silver and copper. In 1975, the Institute made the decision to deaccession its coins and tokens and use the funds to further pursue its mission of focusing on region-specific history.

    The Essex Institute Collection comprised 10 pieces of Massachusetts copper coinage, including a nearly fully red 1787 half cent and a VF example of the rare 1787 cent with Arrows in Right Talon. The present coin was offered right after it and described as a "Magnificent Full Mint Red specimen." It is an example of the Ryder 3-G die variety, a generally available die marriage identified by the arrow shaft under the E in WEALTH and the star ray pointing to the forehead. Although several Mint State examples exist, this appears to be the finest among them. Indeed, it currently ranks as the single finest example of any 1787 Arrows in Left Talon Massachusetts cent at PCGS (7/21).

    The surfaces of this Premium Gem are far more red than brown, with only the exposed fields and design high points having mellowed slightly to a pleasing shade of violet-brown. Carbon is practically unseen, and the devices are pinpoint-sharp. The sole exceptions are the centers on each side, where the dies were cut too deep for the metal to flow properly. An exceptional colonial survivor. Listed on page 57 of the 2022 Guide Book.
    Ex: The Numismatic Properties of the Essex Institute, Salem Massachusetts (Stack's, 2/1975), lot 40; unknown intermediaries.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B25, PCGS# 303)


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