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Attractive 1683 Irish Halfpenny, ex Eric Newman

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Attractive 1683 Irish Halfpenny, ex Eric Newman

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From the Eric P. Newman Collection, with a ca. 1935 envelope, likely from B.G. Johnson and perhaps earlier from the Col. E.H.R. Green Estate.

Details

Ireland. 1683 halfpenny. Armstrong and Legge's Patent. Charles II. EF-40 (NGC). Glossy olive brown with far more detail than usually seen on this crudely produced and often well-circulated issue. Deep olive highlights are present in recessed areas, suggesting an earthen provenance, but the surfaces are smooth and show only the most minor granularity at the peripheries, no more than might be seen on a typical specimen. Struck under the Royal patent given to Sir Thomas Armstrong and Colonel George Legge, these halfpence were coined from 1680 through 1684, a time of significant immigration from Ireland to North America. Sir Thomas Armstrong, a hot-headed native of Dublin, was hung and quartered for his role in the Rye House Plot of 1683, the year this coin was struck. His head was displayed at Westminster, three quarters of the rest of him went up in London, while the other chunk was sent to Stafford, which he represented in Parliament. Legge, who was made Lord Dartmouth in 1682, was a close friend of William Penn. It is perhaps unsurprising that specimens of this type have been recovered in the ground in the US, including in Pennsylvania.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade XF40
Designation No
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2039075024

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Details

Ireland. 1683 halfpenny. Armstrong and Legge's Patent. Charles II. EF-40 (NGC). Glossy olive brown with far more detail than usually seen on this crudely produced and often well-circulated issue. Deep olive highlights are present in recessed areas, suggesting an earthen provenance, but the surfaces are smooth and show only the most minor granularity at the peripheries, no more than might be seen on a typical specimen. Struck under the Royal patent given to Sir Thomas Armstrong and Colonel George Legge, these halfpence were coined from 1680 through 1684, a time of significant immigration from Ireland to North America. Sir Thomas Armstrong, a hot-headed native of Dublin, was hung and quartered for his role in the Rye House Plot of 1683, the year this coin was struck. His head was displayed at Westminster, three quarters of the rest of him went up in London, while the other chunk was sent to Stafford, which he represented in Parliament. Legge, who was made Lord Dartmouth in 1682, was a close friend of William Penn. It is perhaps unsurprising that specimens of this type have been recovered in the ground in the US, including in Pennsylvania.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade XF40
Designation No
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2039075024

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