1787 N York Excelsior, Eagle Left, BN XF45BN

CERTIFICATION#: 50151745
PCGS#: 427

Owner's Comments

This is one of my very favorite colonial issues, and I searched a long, long time to find one that I liked. This is the Wurtzbach-Brand coin from the Aug-1952 ANA Auction, lot 2413.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: One of the more famous and popular New York issues is the Excelsior Copper with the arms of New York on the obverse and a heraldic eagle on the reverse.  On the front of the coin a smaller eagle is perched atop a small globe.  On one variety, the eagle's head is turned right; on this one, the head is turned left.  The two varieties appear to be of similar rarity, though the "Eagle Left" variety is encountered more frequently.

Though a rare variety, a surprising number of examples exist in high circulated grades.  No Mint State examples are known, and the best appears to be a PCGS AU55 or the Garrett:599 example (they may be one and the same).

Diameter: N/A Designer: N/A Edge: N/A
Mintage: N/A Weight: N/A Metal Content: Other

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU55 PCGS grade  
2 AU53 PCGS grade

John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 5/2004:309, $40,250

2 AU53 PCGS grade

John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 1/2004:308, $25,300

4 AU50 PCGS grade  
4 AU50 PCGS grade