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Blue Angel - 9th

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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.

Blue Angel

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
Massachusetts Silver Oak Tree 20 1652 Shilling XF45 15 48 39112
This 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 Tree 24 1652 Shilling AU58 5 6 2937
If 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 Coinage 33 Maryland 6Pence XF45 11 17 1938
This 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 Plant 1/24RL
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 Ship Token
Chalmers Coinage 596 1783 Shilng XF40 13 13 2538
Have 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 Coinage 158658 1738-A Sou M MS63 2 2 2518
This 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 1767 158637 1767-A Sou AU58BN 1 1 78
I think this is an especially attractive, original chocolate brown example of this type. From Stack's Jan-2006 Ford sale, lot 28.
Continental Dollar 791 1776 $1 AU55 10 63 21135
This 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 Columbia 841 1787 ImmCol XF45BN 8 30 1033
I 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 Excelsior 427 1787 N York XF45BN 2 6 36
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.
Machins Mills Copper 1/2 P
Nova Eborac Copper 1787 Copper
New Jersey Copper Head Right 515 1787 NJersy AU58BN 2 2 2531
Vermont Copper Plow 545 1786 Vermont AU53BN 7 12 914
A 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 589 1781 Token
Bar Copper 599 Bar Cent
Auctori Plebis Token 601 1787 Token
Mott Token 1789 Token
Kentucky Copper Kentucky Cent
Franklin Press Token 1794 Token
Myddelton Token 1796 Token
Castorland Medal Medal
Talbot Allum & Lee Cent Cent
Washington Triumpho Token 664 1783 Copper
Washington Military Bust
Washington Draped Bust
Washington 1791-95 'Washington President' Obverse
Washington Liberty & Security
Washington Success Medal Wash-Success Medal
Fugio Cent 1787 Fugio


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