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1796 Repub. Ameri token or "penny." Bronzed copper, 33 mm. Baker-68, Breen-1275. Choice Mint State

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1796 Repub. Ameri token or "penny." Bronzed copper, 33 mm. Baker-68, Breen-1275. Choice Mint State

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Beautiful deep chocolate brown with fully reflective bronzed surfaces. Essentially gem, with just a few spare hairlines visible under a glass. Included in the Breen Encyclopedia and the Dalton and Hamer conder token reference, this piece has long been collected as a coin or token. This 1796-dated piece was struck to mark the retirement of Washington from the Presidency, a revolutionary development for the new nation; a similar piece (Baker-69) was struck in 1800 to memorialize Washington's passing. This variety seems a bit scarcer than Baker-69 today; both are rare, even rarer in this illustrious grade. I first saw this piece in the summer of 2006 when it emerged from the trunk that contained the Norweb collection of Washingtoniana; it was still in its original pink (for copper) Norweb envelope at the time. This piece brought $4,600 in the November 2006 Norweb sale, catalogued by American Numismatic Rarities and sold after the merger with Stack's. It reappeared in the September 2009 Stack's Americana sale; it again brought $4,600. It is now on the market again after having most recently resided in the famed Cardinal Collection. The original Norweb envelope and two lot tickets are still with it.

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Grading Service RAW
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SKU or Cert # 10014016

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Details

Beautiful deep chocolate brown with fully reflective bronzed surfaces. Essentially gem, with just a few spare hairlines visible under a glass. Included in the Breen Encyclopedia and the Dalton and Hamer conder token reference, this piece has long been collected as a coin or token. This 1796-dated piece was struck to mark the retirement of Washington from the Presidency, a revolutionary development for the new nation; a similar piece (Baker-69) was struck in 1800 to memorialize Washington's passing. This variety seems a bit scarcer than Baker-69 today; both are rare, even rarer in this illustrious grade. I first saw this piece in the summer of 2006 when it emerged from the trunk that contained the Norweb collection of Washingtoniana; it was still in its original pink (for copper) Norweb envelope at the time. This piece brought $4,600 in the November 2006 Norweb sale, catalogued by American Numismatic Rarities and sold after the merger with Stack's. It reappeared in the September 2009 Stack's Americana sale; it again brought $4,600. It is now on the market again after having most recently resided in the famed Cardinal Collection. The original Norweb envelope and two lot tickets are still with it.

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 # 10014016

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