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    1787 Massachusetts Cent, MS66 Brown
    Ryder 2-A, The Popular 'Horned Eagle' Variety
    Ex: Hanson, Partrick
    The Finest Known

    1787 CENT Massachusetts Cent, Horned Eagle, MS66 Brown NGC. Ryder 2-A, W-6040, R.3. Ex: Hanson, Donald G. Partrick Collection. The so-called "Horned Eagle" variety, also known as Ryder 2b-A, shows a heavy die break up from the top of the eagle's head. This is the only use of this reverse die, but one of five uses for this obverse. The variety is not prohibitively rare in the absolute sense, though its popularity is heightened by the diagnostic reverse die break. The present coin is believed to be the finest known. Subtle original luster resides on each side beneath blended burgundy, auburn, and lighter brown hues. The surfaces are beautifully preserved, and the central design elements are remarkably sharp, with almost all the shield lines well delineated. Some minor die fatigue is noted in the lower-right reverse recesses. This is an important condition rarity. Listed on page 61 of the 2018 Guide Book.
    Ex: Jon Hanson (6/2002); Donald Groves Partrick; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5692.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B26, PCGS# 305)


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

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    April, 2018
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