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    1787 New Jersey Copper, AU53
    Maris 61-p PLURIBS Variety

    1787 New Jersey Copper, PLURIBS, Maris 61-p, W-5345, R.5, AU53 NGC. 150.6 grains. The second finest known example of this die combination. Struck on large planchets with a tendency to be dark in color, the 61-p is a challenge to find with a bold strike. The Ford-Boyd coin, now in the Siboni Collection, has an overall better strike, but it falls behind the present piece in terms of circulation wear. The obverse of this coin features a rather lightly engraved horse head and a plow that is unusually long and thin. These features, when combined with a soft strike, make for a very quietly rendered design. Perhaps the boldest part of the obverse is the horse's well-defined eye. Gray-brown toning pervades on the obverse, with lighter golden-tan in some of the protected areas, and some darker streaks that have been present since it was portrayed in the 1882 Bushnell catalog. The reverse is more granular and is a darker gray-brown. It is softly struck at the center, but shows good definition throughout much of the shield. The Siboni, Howes, and Ish Condition Census traces this example to the J. Wiley Aulick Collection (George Cogan, 4/1883), but this is incorrect: the Aulick coin was the Maris-Garrett 60-p, the obverse of which is depicted on the extremely rare plates for that sale. Listed on page 73 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Charles I. Bushnell (S.H. & H. Chapman, 6/1882), lot 966; Dr. Edward Maris (H.P. Smith, 6/1886), lot 466; Garrett Family Collection (Bowers & Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1461; Henry Garrett (Bowers & Merena, 3/1992), lot 1420; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 767839, Base PCGS# 512)


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    17th-18th Wednesday-Thursday
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