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    1788 Vermont Copper, VF25
    Exceptional RR-30 'Backward C' Variety
    Ex: Norweb-Partrick, Rare So Nice

    1788 Vermont Copper, Backward C in AUCTORI, VF25 NGC. RR-30, Bressett-23-S, W-2225, R.6. Ex: Norweb-Donald G. Partrick. Tony Carlotto attributed the RR-30 variety to a "drunken die cutter," which seems harsh until the evidence is seen. Inexplicably, the legends are a jumble -- VERMON is double cut on the V, and the other characters bounce up and down. E steps on R, and M collides with O. The N looks like it is trying to get away from the entire disaster. AUCTORI slides off the coin, its famous Backward C cut too high. The crude portrait lacks facial detail and appears fringed with spiky-rope piping. Bressett wrote the die was rejected, then pressed into service late in the series.

    Importantly, the Backward C on this coin is nearly entirely visible. The reverse motifs are comparatively better made than those on the obverse, but are worn. Both sides of the coin are nicely centered, and at least half of the date is present despite the small planchet.

    Many specialists claim the RR-30 Vermont as their favorite variety. As a result, this die pair is extremely rare both in absolute terms and from demand. Perhaps 30 pieces exist, although estimates range from 25 to 35 survivors. Historically, the updated Bonjour listing places the Norweb example (the present coin) in the top 12 examples. In our estimation, this coin deserves extra recognition, because so many examples are described as without the Backward C visible at all, or at best only minimally showing.

    Smooth, deep brown surfaces contrast with golden-brown devices with all but the upper-most curve of the C on the coin. Less buckled than later die-state coins, this glossy copper is distinctly high-end and extremely desirable for its rarity, provenance, and considerable eye appeal. Listed on page 74 of the 2020 Guide Book.
    Ex: Walter Breen Collection; Richard Picker (1959); Norweb Collection Part I (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 1299; Jon Hanson; Donald Groves Partrick; Partrick Collection, Part I (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5819, realized $44,650.
    From The Poulos Family Collection, Part II.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B5E, PCGS# 566)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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