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High Grade 1784 Vlack 14-84A Counterfeit Halfpenny

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SKU: 17003

$2,750.00

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1784 American circulating imitation halfpenny. Vlack 14-84A. Rarity-5+. Choice Very Fine. 93.3 grains. While not linked to the coinage of Machin's Mills and not thought to have been struck at that counterfeiting facility, this variety has long been collected along side of those coins. Robert Vlack included it on his original plates of American-made counterfeits, and it has been included in every major reference on this series since (including Breen as Breen-974 and Whitman as W-8130). While sensible people have disagreed whether this variety was struck in the U.S. or in England, there is no particularly strong evidence for either attribution. There have been a number of these found by metal detectorists in America, though; I know of two found in South Jersey, and there are probably others. I think most agree that this variety was intended for American circulation, perhaps even exclusively. Scarce in any grade, most are plagued with problems of both manufacture and circulation. Granular dug surfaces are common, as are heavy marks and scratches. None are known fully struck, a conspiracy of swollen dies and lightweight planchets, and the crude, thin stock tends to sport fissures, clips, or other issues. This piece is the nicest one I've ever owned, and is perhaps the nicest offered publicly since the Scherff specimen in 2010. This one shows nice light brown color with attractive, glossy surfaces. It is not smooth the way a choice large cent might be, but it's smooth for one of these. Some planchet roller marks are seen on the obverse, but there is not a single post-striking mark worth noting. The centering is ideal, BRITANNIA and the date are bold and complete, the obverse legend is full, and little actual wear is seen. This came to me from an old holding, mixed in with other less important circulating counterfeit halfpence, and has not been previously offered. For those who seek to own this variety, getting a better one would be a tall order. 

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 17003

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1784 American circulating imitation halfpenny. Vlack 14-84A. Rarity-5+. Choice Very Fine. 93.3 grains. While not linked to the coinage of Machin's Mills and not thought to have been struck at that counterfeiting facility, this variety has long been collected along side of those coins. Robert Vlack included it on his original plates of American-made counterfeits, and it has been included in every major reference on this series since (including Breen as Breen-974 and Whitman as W-8130). While sensible people have disagreed whether this variety was struck in the U.S. or in England, there is no particularly strong evidence for either attribution. There have been a number of these found by metal detectorists in America, though; I know of two found in South Jersey, and there are probably others. I think most agree that this variety was intended for American circulation, perhaps even exclusively. Scarce in any grade, most are plagued with problems of both manufacture and circulation. Granular dug surfaces are common, as are heavy marks and scratches. None are known fully struck, a conspiracy of swollen dies and lightweight planchets, and the crude, thin stock tends to sport fissures, clips, or other issues. This piece is the nicest one I've ever owned, and is perhaps the nicest offered publicly since the Scherff specimen in 2010. This one shows nice light brown color with attractive, glossy surfaces. It is not smooth the way a choice large cent might be, but it's smooth for one of these. Some planchet roller marks are seen on the obverse, but there is not a single post-striking mark worth noting. The centering is ideal, BRITANNIA and the date are bold and complete, the obverse legend is full, and little actual wear is seen. This came to me from an old holding, mixed in with other less important circulating counterfeit halfpence, and has not been previously offered. For those who seek to own this variety, getting a better one would be a tall order. 

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 17003

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