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Very Rare Wyatt-Bishop Oak Tree Shilling Copy in Copper, ca. 1860

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Very Rare Wyatt-Bishop Oak Tree Shilling Copy in Copper, ca. 1860

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From the Ted Craige Collection.

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"1652" (i.e. ca. 1860) Massachusetts Oak Tree shilling copy by Edwin Bishop from dies by Thomas Wyatt. Copper. Kenney-3, W-14042. Choice Mint State. 65.7 grains. Struck copies of Massachusetts silver have been avidly collected almost as long as Massachusetts silver has, and the copies by Thomas Wyatt have long ranked above all others. It was Wyatt who created the infamous Good Samaritan Shilling, a coin that was once considered a great rarity until thoroughly explicated and debunked by Eric Newman. Wyatt may have worked on these as early as the 1840s. His dies were copied from line drawing in Joseph Felt's 1839 An Historical Account of the Massachusetts Currency, which explains the cross-hatching lines on his NE shillings. It seems his dies were acquired sometime around 1860, maybe a few years earlier, by Edwin Bishop, an engraver in New York, who is also known for creating the 1793 Washington half cent concoction. W. Elliot Woodward claimed that Bishop made only two sets of strikings from Wyatt's dies in copper, which is demonstrably false -- this is the third example of this particular creation in copper that I've traced. It remains extremely rare though. The very deep Ford Collection of colonial struck copies included only one specimen, a poorly struck, undersized, and somewhat worn piece that had seen better days.

This piece is choice chocolate brown with a nice broad planchet, large enough to see the outer limits of the dies as they were engraved. It is free of problems and has clearly been carefully preserved since its production. This piece was in the Ted Craige Collection from the 1960s until that collection's rediscovery last year. It deserves a place in another advanced colonial coin cabinet.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 15004

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"1652" (i.e. ca. 1860) Massachusetts Oak Tree shilling copy by Edwin Bishop from dies by Thomas Wyatt. Copper. Kenney-3, W-14042. Choice Mint State. 65.7 grains. Struck copies of Massachusetts silver have been avidly collected almost as long as Massachusetts silver has, and the copies by Thomas Wyatt have long ranked above all others. It was Wyatt who created the infamous Good Samaritan Shilling, a coin that was once considered a great rarity until thoroughly explicated and debunked by Eric Newman. Wyatt may have worked on these as early as the 1840s. His dies were copied from line drawing in Joseph Felt's 1839 An Historical Account of the Massachusetts Currency, which explains the cross-hatching lines on his NE shillings. It seems his dies were acquired sometime around 1860, maybe a few years earlier, by Edwin Bishop, an engraver in New York, who is also known for creating the 1793 Washington half cent concoction. W. Elliot Woodward claimed that Bishop made only two sets of strikings from Wyatt's dies in copper, which is demonstrably false -- this is the third example of this particular creation in copper that I've traced. It remains extremely rare though. The very deep Ford Collection of colonial struck copies included only one specimen, a poorly struck, undersized, and somewhat worn piece that had seen better days.

This piece is choice chocolate brown with a nice broad planchet, large enough to see the outer limits of the dies as they were engraved. It is free of problems and has clearly been carefully preserved since its production. This piece was in the Ted Craige Collection from the 1960s until that collection's rediscovery last year. It deserves a place in another advanced colonial coin cabinet.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 15004

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