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    1787 Maris 53-j New Jersey Copper, MS65 Red and Brown
    Tied for the Finest Known
    Important, Lengthy Provenance

    1787 NJERSY New Jersey Copper, Period After CAESAREA, M. 53-j, W-5290, R.4, MS65 Red and Brown NGC. We fully agree with the Ford cataloger who wrote: "An absolute wonder of a New Jersey copper!" Maris obverse 53 appears only in this die combination while reverse j also appears with obverse 27, and that variety, Maris 27-j is extremely rare with just over a dozen known.

    Is it a coincidence or intention that the left sprig on the reverse resembles the letters NJ? Michael Soykes published this observation in the C4 Newsletter in 2003. He notes in his article that the left sprig looks like the italicized letters NJ when the coin is carefully rotated. Roger S. Siboni, John L. Howes, and A. Buell Ish comment in New Jersey State Coppers, History, Description, Collection: "While the engraver's intention is hard to discern with any certainty, the similarity to 'NJ' is undeniable."

    This is the Siboni-Howes-Ish plate coin and is tied with one other coin for the finest known. Both examples are described as "Gem" and the next best is PCGS certified AU55+. Following those three are seven coins that grade XF.

    Maris obverse 53 has a "Big-headed, narrow-chested horse," according to Dr. Maris. The obverse design motif has a high-relief appearance unlike that on most other New Jersey coppers. This amazing Gem has highly lustrous light olive surfaces with substantial mint red, especially on the obverse. A few old spots serve to confirm the provenance of this piece. The horizontal and vertical shield lines are complete, including an extra partial shield line just left of the fifth vertical stripe counting from the left. That partial extra gule is faint and likely disappears with only slight wear.
    Ex: Charles I. Bushnell (Chapman Brothers, 6/1882), lot 960; Lorin G. Parmelee (New York Coin & Stamp Co., 6/1890), lot 425; H.P. Smith (Chapman Brothers, 6/1906), lot 149; Hillyer Ryder; F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 10/2003), lot 176; Marvin Browder; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 766273, Base PCGS# 506)


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