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Early American Coins and Tokens Basic Design Set (1616-1820): Blue Angel

Blue Angel

Current Statistics
Rank 5
Weighted GPA 48.635
Complete 25.58%
Set Rating 18.873
 
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About this set: The Blue Angel Collection represents my ongoing effort to build a complete colonial type set featuring well-matched pieces grading from F to MS, all original, with nice eye appeal. I have in many cases chosen a coin in lower numerical grade if I felt it was more attractive and original than one in a higher holder, and I have continued to improve the set over time using this same rationale. Eventually, I intend to list every piece and include a photograph of every item in the hope that others will enjoy viewing this set as much as I have enjoyed building it. I would also like to thank my friends at Coin Rarities Online who have spent so much time assisting me in building this set and tracking down the pieces I need! Finally, many thanks to all of you who visit this site to view my collection! And note that I would very much appreciate any comments or suggestions anyone wishes to make.

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Blue Angel
ImageItemPCGS No.DateDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
Massachusetts Silver Oak Tree 201652ShillingXF451545This is a Noe-9 Oak, one of the less common varieties in the series and, to my eye, one of the prettiest, with a neatly balanced design. From Stack's Oct-2005 sale of the Ford Collection, lot 31 - earlier F.C.C. Boyd.
Massachusetts Silver Pine Tree241652ShillingAU5844If there is a prettier Small Planchet Pine Tree Shilling around, I have not seen it! This piece also has one of the longest pedigree chains of any coin in the Blue Angel set, from Stack’s Oct-2005 sale of the Ford Collection Part XII, lot 114 - earlier F.C.C. Boyd - earlier Chapman’s June-1912 sale of the George H. Earle Collection, lot 1961 - earlier Chapman’s June-1882 of the Charles I. Bushnell collection, lot 174.
Maryland Coinage33Maryland6PenceXF451015This is not one of the Morton & Eden pieces uncovered in England about 10 years ago - those were all a bit too white and cleany-looking for my tastes. Instead, I found this XF with pretty toning that is far more appealing in my humble opinion.
New Jersey St. Patrick Coinage  St Patrick   
American Plantation Token  Am Plant1/24RL  
Rosa Americana Coinage      
Woods Hibernia Coinage      
Virginia Coinage      
Elephant Token Halfpenny    1/2 P  
Higley Copper    Higley  
Voce Populi Coinage      
Pitt Token  1766   
Rhode Island Ship Medal  RI ShipToken  
Chalmers Coinage5961783ShilngXF401213Have you seen a Chalmers Shilling of any variety that was as original as this piece AND as well centered? I have not in about 30 years worth of looking, and so when I saw this coin I bought it! I also think this coin is a bit undergraded, but I did not want to resubmit it and lose the old green holder.
French Colonies Billon Coinage1586581738-ASou MMS6323This is my favorite Sou Marque of all time, as it looks original, has proof-like surfaces and some very pretty golden-orange toning.
French Colonies Sou 1767158637(1793)ASouAU58BN11I think this is an especially attractive, original chocolate brown example of this type. From Stack's Jan-2006 Ford sale, lot 28.
Continental Dollar7911776$1AU55858This is one of the highlights of my collection and the piece most people look at when I display my set at coin shows. In my experience, most of these have been dipped or cleaned through the years and have an artificially light color, but this one is all original, with the deep gray patina of natural pewter.
Nova Constellatio Copper   C Nova  
Immunis Columbia8411787ImmColXF45BN831I don't believe I have ever seen another original, XF example of this type with such choice color AND such perfect centering, with a full, bold date entirely on the planchet.
Massachusetts Copper      
Connecticut Copper Bust Left   Connct  
New York Excelsior4271787N YorkXF45BN35This 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.
Machins Mills Copper   1/2 P  
Nova Eborac Copper  1787Copper  
New Jersey Copper Head Right5151787NJersyAU58BN22 
Vermont Copper Plow5451786VermontAU53BN711A nice, original chocolate brown copper that is about as unflawed a VT Landscape as I've seen, with a very smooth, non-porous planchet and none of the fissures often seen on these coins. This example is from Henry Chapman's June-1918 sale of the Allison W. Jackman Collection, lot 78.
Vermont Copper Bust Right      
North American Token 5891781Token  
Bar Copper 599BarCent  
Auctori Plebis Token 6011787Token  
Mott Token   1789Token  
Kentucky Copper   KentuckyCent  
Franklin Press Token   1794Token  
Myddelton Token   1796Token  
Castorland Medal    Medal  
Talbot Allum & Lee Cent   Cent  
Washington Triumpho Token6641783Copper  
Washington Military Bust      
Washington Draped Bust      
Washington 1791-95 'Washington President' Obverse      
Washington Undated Liberty & Security  N.D.(1795)Penny  
Washington Success Medal   Wash-SuccessMedal  
Fugio Cent  1787Fugio  
Comments
Beautiful Pine tree shilling.
Posted @ 6/4/2012 2:59 PM By ghrays
Great coins! And to paraphrase Aristotle, "The whole is even greater than the sum of its parts."
Posted @ 12/8/2011 9:19 PM By MidLifeCrisis
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