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    1787 New Jersey Copper, MS61 Brown
    Uncirculated Maris 62-q 'WM Hidden' Variety

    1787 New Jersey Copper, WM Hidden, Maris 62-q, W-5350, R.3, MS61 Brown NGC. 135.1 grains. A beautiful copper, one of four known Mint State examples of this die variety. The surfaces and coloration of this coin are impressive, with golden-tan fields still bearing ample, if fading, mint red. Virtually no post-strike marks can be found. The planchet has some streaks of darker color in it, and a couple of areas of microgranularity, but these are artifacts of the planchet preparation process. The obverse is the slightest bit off-center, but the reverse is perfectly aligned. This variety has gained much attention in recent years after the discovery that a tiny "WM" had been engraved in the die, as on the unique Maris 62.5-r, but covered up by the three sprigs under the scroll below the horse head. This feature cannot be seen on many examples, however. The present piece is struck from the late state of the obverse die, after the development of the complex break and cud between the rim and the plowbeam, and following the sinking of the middle of the die. The last event denies us the chance to see the hidden WM on this coin. It remains, however, one of a small number of Uncirculated New Jersey coppers, and a beautiful example of the late state of the variety. Listed on page 74 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Frederick B. Taylor (Bowers & Merena, 3/1987), lot 2258; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 767840, Base PCGS# 522415)


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    March, 2021
    17th-18th Wednesday-Thursday
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