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Netherlands, West Friesland. 1670 Lion dollar. MS-61 (PCGS)

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Bright and frosty lustre perks from both sides, brilliant at centers with lively peripheral tones of gold and bright blue. This piece is not just Mint State, but quite close to as struck, though it displays one of the primary pitfalls of this crudely struck trade coin: an abysmal strike. A good bit of the original planchet texture is seen at the center of both sides, giving the centers a granular appearance, though the peripheral legends and date are complete and bold. Think of a Lion dollar's quality in terms of four characteristics: wear, strike, color, and surface quality. A nice Lion dollar will be better than average in two of these qualities, an exceptional one will get a check mark in three of them. Lion dollars with all four of these aspects are so rare as to essentially not exist, but for some special strikes on heavyweight planchets. This piece gets a gold star for wear, color, and surface quality, with no evidence of the cleaning or corrosion that plagues this type. I've spilled plenty of ink over how important Lion dollars are in the story of early American money -- there are only two other issues (the pistareen and the Spanish milled dollar) that are mentioned by name on early American paper money. Certified Mint State examples are significant rarities, and most are not as eye-appealing as this one. PCGS has certified a sum total of 15 Lion dollars from all Dutch provinces in grades of MS-60 or finer.

Additional Information

Grading Service PCGS
Grade MS61
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10012088

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Details

Bright and frosty lustre perks from both sides, brilliant at centers with lively peripheral tones of gold and bright blue. This piece is not just Mint State, but quite close to as struck, though it displays one of the primary pitfalls of this crudely struck trade coin: an abysmal strike. A good bit of the original planchet texture is seen at the center of both sides, giving the centers a granular appearance, though the peripheral legends and date are complete and bold. Think of a Lion dollar's quality in terms of four characteristics: wear, strike, color, and surface quality. A nice Lion dollar will be better than average in two of these qualities, an exceptional one will get a check mark in three of them. Lion dollars with all four of these aspects are so rare as to essentially not exist, but for some special strikes on heavyweight planchets. This piece gets a gold star for wear, color, and surface quality, with no evidence of the cleaning or corrosion that plagues this type. I've spilled plenty of ink over how important Lion dollars are in the story of early American money -- there are only two other issues (the pistareen and the Spanish milled dollar) that are mentioned by name on early American paper money. Certified Mint State examples are significant rarities, and most are not as eye-appealing as this one. PCGS has certified a sum total of 15 Lion dollars from all Dutch provinces in grades of MS-60 or finer.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service PCGS
Grade MS61
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10012088

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