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1786 Vermont copper. Baby Head. Ryder-9. Rarity-4. About Very Fine.

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1786 Vermont copper. Baby Head. Ryder-9. Rarity-4. About Very Fine.

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1786 Vermont copper. Baby Head. Ryder-9. Rarity-4. About Very Fine. 111.3 grains. It's hard to use traditional positive coin cliches with a Vermont Baby Head. I don't think I've ever used a word like "choice," "beautiful," "glossy," "ideal," or the other favorites I trot out when a pretty copper is in front of me. However, even among such treacherous territory, some Baby Heads are clearly nicer than others, and this one is nicer than most. The obverse is mostly olive brown, with some deep ruddy patina at left. The legends are almost complete, and the portrait is nicely detailed, almost as sharp as the Roper-Royse specimen. There are some planchet flaws, of course, though the reverse has one big one at center rather than a bunch of little ones that kill the detail. As is typical, just the tops of the date digits are visible; sometimes no date at all made it on the planchet. A single fine scratch low on the cheek is the only post-striking flaw worth noting. While not highly glossy like a choice Landscape, nor is this piece granular or a grounder. Ownership of a Baby Head is a badge of honor, not because the type is so extremely rare, but rather because the collector who appreciates such coins clearly looks beyond the pursuit of the bright and shiny to something more sublime.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
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Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 7056

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1786 Vermont copper. Baby Head. Ryder-9. Rarity-4. About Very Fine. 111.3 grains. It's hard to use traditional positive coin cliches with a Vermont Baby Head. I don't think I've ever used a word like "choice," "beautiful," "glossy," "ideal," or the other favorites I trot out when a pretty copper is in front of me. However, even among such treacherous territory, some Baby Heads are clearly nicer than others, and this one is nicer than most. The obverse is mostly olive brown, with some deep ruddy patina at left. The legends are almost complete, and the portrait is nicely detailed, almost as sharp as the Roper-Royse specimen. There are some planchet flaws, of course, though the reverse has one big one at center rather than a bunch of little ones that kill the detail. As is typical, just the tops of the date digits are visible; sometimes no date at all made it on the planchet. A single fine scratch low on the cheek is the only post-striking flaw worth noting. While not highly glossy like a choice Landscape, nor is this piece granular or a grounder. Ownership of a Baby Head is a badge of honor, not because the type is so extremely rare, but rather because the collector who appreciates such coins clearly looks beyond the pursuit of the bright and shiny to something more sublime.

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 # 7056

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