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1766 Pitt token. Silvered. Betts-519, Breen-251. Fine.

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1766 Pitt token. Silvered. Betts-519, Breen-251. Fine.

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1766 Pitt token. Silvered. Betts-519, Breen-251. Fine. A good deal of original silvering persists around central obverse and surrounding reverse design elements. The surfaces are otherwise light brown on the obverse, a bit darker on the reverse. Aside from some minor roughness atop the reverse, as almost always seen on silvered Pitt tokens, this piece offers few issues aside from gentle wear. Pitt tokens are usually seen in high grade, as they were issued to serve as souvenirs to celebrate the ending of the Stamp Act and, in particular, William Pitt's championing of the American cause to Parliament. Of course, as they were halfpenny-sized, some were spent, and they are seen in grades all the way down to About Good. Most Pitt tokens were issued with no silvering, and most of those that were silvered now look rather ragged, as the tin coating (not actual silver) had a tendency to degrade and corrode. This one is more attractive than most at this grade level; indeed, it is prettier than most silvered ones a grade or two higher. Enough have been recovered from American soil to presume that this type was struck specifically for the American market. From the Ted Craige Collection.

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SKU or Cert # 7050

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1766 Pitt token. Silvered. Betts-519, Breen-251. Fine. A good deal of original silvering persists around central obverse and surrounding reverse design elements. The surfaces are otherwise light brown on the obverse, a bit darker on the reverse. Aside from some minor roughness atop the reverse, as almost always seen on silvered Pitt tokens, this piece offers few issues aside from gentle wear. Pitt tokens are usually seen in high grade, as they were issued to serve as souvenirs to celebrate the ending of the Stamp Act and, in particular, William Pitt's championing of the American cause to Parliament. Of course, as they were halfpenny-sized, some were spent, and they are seen in grades all the way down to About Good. Most Pitt tokens were issued with no silvering, and most of those that were silvered now look rather ragged, as the tin coating (not actual silver) had a tendency to degrade and corrode. This one is more attractive than most at this grade level; indeed, it is prettier than most silvered ones a grade or two higher. Enough have been recovered from American soil to presume that this type was struck specifically for the American market. From the Ted Craige Collection.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 7050

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