||June 2020 U.S. Coins Auction
||Superb 1786 RR-7 Landscape Vermont
1786 Vermont Copper. Landscape. RR-7, Bressett 5-E, W-2025. Rarity-3. VERMONTENSIUM. AU-53 (PCGS).
115.1 grains. Deep chestnut brown surfaces support modestly lighter high points and swirls of faded rose patina in the lower reverse field. This is a sharp and exciting example of this variety, with both sides well centered within fully, if not quite evenly denticulated borders. The surfaces are fairly smooth, overall hard and satiny in texture, a touch of microgranularity over the lower right obverse, but with no handling marks of note. Light planchet fissures in the centers on both sides are completely natural and as made. There is the slightest hint of the obverse die bulge that, in later states, grows to encompass much of that side.
Dr. Hinkley owned no fewer than five examples of RR-7 when we (Bowers and Merena) offered his collection through auction in 2001. He considered this his primary example of the variety, and rated it as Condition Census. It is certainly finer than many others with which we are familiar, including Oechsner:1331, Taylor:2061 and Matlock:1055 (earlier Smith:772). Partrick:5747 and 5748 are only marginally finer than this coin and, while sharper, Ford I:21 is granular and lacks the eye appeal offered here. The two outliers for this variety in terms of outstanding quality are the Newman specimen (NGC MS-62 BN) and the "out of the woodwork" PCGS MS-62 BN that appeared as lot 5065 in our August 2019 ANA Auction.
RR-7 is often seen on nice planchets with minimal flaws, as here, and it appears that the coiners were somehow able to obtain unusually good stock when this variety was being struck. Although not rare in an absolute sense, RR-7 is scarcer than RR-6, especially in the finer circulated and Mint State grades. Here is a find for the advanced type collector or Vermont enthusiast.
Provenance: From the Q. David Bowers Collection. Acquired from Anthony Terranova, via trade with Steve Hayden, 2007. Earlier ex Joseph and Mel Lipson (Mayflower Coin), December 1963; Dr. Robert I. Hinkley; our (Bowers and Merena's) sale of the Dr. Robert I. Hinkley Collection, November-December 2001, lot 2312.
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