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    1788 New Jersey Copper, VF30
    Rare Maris 51-g Head Left Variety

    1788 New Jersey Copper, Head Left, Maris 51-g, W-5480, Low R.6, VF30 NGC. 152.2 grains. A bold and eye-catching example of the rarest variety of this distinctive type. Darker brown fields serve to highlight the tan devices on both sides, providing an attractive shadowing to the horse head, which many feel is the best-engraved of the Head Left trio. The plow is distinct, as is the reverse shield. While denticles are almost never seen on the Maris 51 obverse, which was engraved for larger planchets than ended up being used, this example does show reverse denticulation between 4 and 8 o'clock, which is rarely encountered. The date is somewhat weak, and the reverse legend, particularly at RIBUS, is at times indistinct. The Maris g reverse constitutes another example of what is termed a "biennial die," one that is coupled with obverse dies of different years, and once again we see it being used to strike 1788-dated coins before it is used to produce pieces dated 1787. Listed on page 75 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    Ex: Dr. Jacob N. Spiro Collection (Hans M.F. Schulman, 3/1955), lot 1558; Herbert M. Oechsner (Stack's, 9/1988), lot 1292; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 767835, Base PCGS# 527)


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    March, 2021
    17th-18th Wednesday-Thursday
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