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    1787 Massachusetts Half Cent, MS63 Brown
    Ryder 1-B, Ex: New Netherlands

    1788 1/2 C Massachusetts Half Cent, Ryder 1-B, W-6010, R.2, MS63 Brown NGC. CAC. Ex: New Netherlands. A late die state example, with evidence of minor die fatigue on each side. Some light planchet irregularity is observed on the right-hand portion of the obverse, an interesting characteristic for a Massachusetts copper, as these were typically struck on high-quality flans. The glossy surfaces emit shades of olive, bronze-gold, and auburn-brown, giving this piece outstanding original appeal. The strike sharpness is little affected by the die wear, as most central elements are well detailed. The availability of this variety in comparison to Ryder 1-A suggests this die pair struck the majority of the 35,500 - 38,500 1788-dated half cents produced by the Massachusetts Mint.
    Ex: Public Auction Sale (New Netherlands, 4/1972), lot 737; Donald Groves Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B23, PCGS# 308)


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