Seldom Seen New Yorke Token
Undated TOKEN New Yorke Token, Brass Fine 15 PCGS.
Breen-245. A very rare Colonial-era token that was unknown until a
lead impression was discovered in the Hague in the 1850s. According
to Breen, the obverse devices of Venus and Cupid under a palm tree
suggest propaganda for the colonies as a place to enjoy life. With
the E added to YORK, it is not possible to pin down the date of
this issue precisely as this spelling occurs intermittently between
1664 and the 1770s. Approximately 10 pieces are known in brass and
four are believed extant in lead. This piece is evenly worn, but
the outline of the devices are fully recognizable. The fields are
granular and show deeper brown toning that contrasts with the
olive-tan accents on the devices. An exceptionally rare opportunity
to acquire this undated apocryphal farthing. Listed on page 45 of
the 2008 Guide Book.
Choice Fine, Breen-245
Ex: David Bruce Collection (Heritage, 1/2002), lot 5049, which realized $8,740.
From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three. (NGC ID# AUBJ, PCGS# 226)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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