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Important and Superb 1788 Connecticut / Machin's Mills Muling, ex Eric P. Newman

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1788 Machin's Mills halfpenny - Connecticut copper muling. Vlack 13-88CT, Miller 101-D. Rarity-5-. VF-35 (NGC). A coin that bridges the Machin's Mills counterfeit halfpence series and the Connecticut copper series, listed in the standard reference for each and avidly collected by specialists in both. This was Eric Newman's specimen, one of five that he owned but the finest and most attractive by a significant margin. Only one of the four in the enormous F.C.C. Boyd - John J. Ford, Jr. holdings was close to this nice, but by virtue of both die state and wear, this specimen shows significantly greater sharpness. The best Ford piece brought $2,760 a decade ago this month (time flies!), and no finer specimens have been offered in the interim. This example is well centered and very attractive, with even dark chocolate brown patina and glossy devices. The fields show some granularity, typical of the issue and inoffensive even under a glass. A couple ancient scratches are seen at R of REX on the obverse and a few minor marks blend into the field of the left reverse, but the overall preservation is outstanding for the variety. While clearly of interest to specialists, this coin is also something of a stand-alone historical collection unto itself, encapsulating the fine line between legal state coppers and counterfeit halfpence, two groups that circulated side by side in the late 18th century with little apparent preference in the marketplace assuming the weights were similar. Newman wrote extensively about Machin's Mills, including his groundbreaking 1958 article "A Recently Discovered Coin Solves a Vermont Numismatic Enigma," published by the ANS. One of the finest known survivors of this important issue, this piece is made all the more desirable with a provenance to one of the foremost scholars in the entire early American numismatic field.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade VF35
Designation BN
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2041007008

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1788 Machin's Mills halfpenny - Connecticut copper muling. Vlack 13-88CT, Miller 101-D. Rarity-5-. VF-35 (NGC). A coin that bridges the Machin's Mills counterfeit halfpence series and the Connecticut copper series, listed in the standard reference for each and avidly collected by specialists in both. This was Eric Newman's specimen, one of five that he owned but the finest and most attractive by a significant margin. Only one of the four in the enormous F.C.C. Boyd - John J. Ford, Jr. holdings was close to this nice, but by virtue of both die state and wear, this specimen shows significantly greater sharpness. The best Ford piece brought $2,760 a decade ago this month (time flies!), and no finer specimens have been offered in the interim. This example is well centered and very attractive, with even dark chocolate brown patina and glossy devices. The fields show some granularity, typical of the issue and inoffensive even under a glass. A couple ancient scratches are seen at R of REX on the obverse and a few minor marks blend into the field of the left reverse, but the overall preservation is outstanding for the variety. While clearly of interest to specialists, this coin is also something of a stand-alone historical collection unto itself, encapsulating the fine line between legal state coppers and counterfeit halfpence, two groups that circulated side by side in the late 18th century with little apparent preference in the marketplace assuming the weights were similar. Newman wrote extensively about Machin's Mills, including his groundbreaking 1958 article "A Recently Discovered Coin Solves a Vermont Numismatic Enigma," published by the ANS. One of the finest known survivors of this important issue, this piece is made all the more desirable with a provenance to one of the foremost scholars in the entire early American numismatic field.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade VF35
Designation BN
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 2041007008

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