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    1787 Maris 64-t New Jersey Copper
    MS65 Brown

    High Condition Census
    Likely the Finest Known

    1787 NJERSY New Jersey Copper, No Sprig Above Plow, M. 64-t, W-5380, R.1, MS65 Brown PCGS. Although the Maris 64-t is rated R.1 and ranks among the most plentiful varieties of New Jersey coppers, high grade examples such as this Gem are extremely rare. The Eric P. Newman coin that we handled in 2017 has AU details with scratches. Roger Siboni, John Howes, and Buell Ish, authors of New Jersey State Coppers, record the Newman coin as the only Uncirculated example in their Condition Census.

    The Donald G. Partrick Collection that we are currently offering has an XF45 piece. While we have offered this variety two dozen times, the previous best grades just AU55. The finest of three examples from the John J. Ford Collection that was sold in October 2003 grades XF. The recently offered E PLURIBUS UNUM Collection coin grades AU58+ and displays some obverse porosity. That coin previously appeared in Bowers and Merena's Frontenac sale in 1991 where it was graded AU55 to 58 and called "High Condition Census" and "Among the finest auctioned." An AU example was the finer of two pieces in the Garrett Collection.

    This lovely chocolate-brown example is sharply struck and the reverse shows evidence of a double strike, similar to the 19th century double profiles often seen on large cents and Capped Bust half dollars. Both sides are nicely centered with complete saw-tooth borders. The lower right obverse and lower right reverse show the edge of the die outside of the border details. The horse's mane and muzzle are sharply defined, and all of the horizontal and vertical shield lines are sharp. Splashes of original mint red are evident in the protected areas, particularly within the obverse and reverse legends.

    Siboni, Howes, and Ish write: "Maris 64-t is one of the varieties the authors recommend to represent the 1787 date in the Basic Date Set." This magnificent Maris 64-t ranks high in the Condition Census and is likely the finest known example. Listed on page 74 of the 2021 Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 767847, Base PCGS# 506)

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