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1785 Nova Constellatio copper. Crosby 4-D. Rarity-4.  Script US, Pointed Rays. EF-45 (PCGS).

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1785 Nova Constellatio copper. Crosby 4-D. Rarity-4. Script US, Pointed Rays. EF-45 (PCGS).

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1785 Nova Constellatio copper. Crosby 4-D. Rarity-4. Script US, Pointed Rays. EF-45 (PCGS). Ideal steel brown with glossy, smooth surfaces. Boldly defined and free of any notable flaws, with just a few tiny nicks around the rim revealed under magnification. No bad marks or roughness are noted on either side. Crisp early die state before severe fatigue starts to distort the letters of NOVA CONSTELLATIO. There were three examples of this variety among the Boyd-Ford Collection, sold in Part V (2004). The first two were both called Extremely Fine, though neither was as nice as this one. They sold for $805 and $920. A third, called "Very Fine" in the catalogue but clearly the nicest of the three, brought $2530. That one was a bit nicer than this one, though this still ranks among the best I've encountered of this fairly elusive die marriage. The Nova Constellatio variety set is a fun one to pursue: there are no unstoppable rarities except for the contemporary counterfeit 1786 issue, and all the varieties exist in grades similar to this one, though finding a nice one represents a fun challenge. Further, even nice coins like this are not bank breakers. With its classic American design and great story, connecting it to the first coinage experiment considered by Congress, it's a wonder this series is not as popular as the Fugios.

Additional Information

Grading Service PCGS
Grade XF45
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 000036

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1785 Nova Constellatio copper. Crosby 4-D. Rarity-4. Script US, Pointed Rays. EF-45 (PCGS). Ideal steel brown with glossy, smooth surfaces. Boldly defined and free of any notable flaws, with just a few tiny nicks around the rim revealed under magnification. No bad marks or roughness are noted on either side. Crisp early die state before severe fatigue starts to distort the letters of NOVA CONSTELLATIO. There were three examples of this variety among the Boyd-Ford Collection, sold in Part V (2004). The first two were both called Extremely Fine, though neither was as nice as this one. They sold for $805 and $920. A third, called "Very Fine" in the catalogue but clearly the nicest of the three, brought $2530. That one was a bit nicer than this one, though this still ranks among the best I've encountered of this fairly elusive die marriage. The Nova Constellatio variety set is a fun one to pursue: there are no unstoppable rarities except for the contemporary counterfeit 1786 issue, and all the varieties exist in grades similar to this one, though finding a nice one represents a fun challenge. Further, even nice coins like this are not bank breakers. With its classic American design and great story, connecting it to the first coinage experiment considered by Congress, it's a wonder this series is not as popular as the Fugios.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service PCGS
Grade XF45
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 000036

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