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||November 2019 Baltimore Colonial Coins and Americana Auction
||Rare 37.7-h.2 Once Owned by Dr. Hall
1787 Connecticut Copper. Miller 37.7-h.2, W-4140. Rarity-6. Draped Bust Left—Dr. Hall Ink on Edge—EF-45 (PCGS).
147.5 grains. A Clark Obverse and Reverse Plate Coin. This die marriage has been sold as anywhere from R-6+ down to R-5+ in recent years, a testament to confusion over its rarity, seemingly at leastRarity-6, as very few specimens have come to market. Though little detail remains in the design motifs due to poor strike and die failure, the glossy, lustrous surfaces belie this coin's superlative quality and grade, probably a strong AU coin from the standpoint of wear alone. Surfaces are steely brown and quite mark-free, though the soft strike has not eliminated some of the natural marks and planchet flaws that were in the planchet at time of striking. The obverse and reverse are both badly sunken, perhaps from damage caused by the die clashing whose remnants are clearly visible on both sides. The Finest Known of this die marriage, with no specimens even close to this coin's quality known to us in private and institutional collections. The closest contender is the Taylor coin, which is vastly undergraded at Fine-15 and seems to show little wear but rather a very soft strike and advanced flan flaws. Here is a finest known coin brought into the numismatic realm early on by Connecticut copper pioneer Dr. Thomas Hall, whose distinct white ink on edge attribution "37-13 H1-2" is boldly visible flanking the 3 o'clock position of the obverse.
Provenance: From the Robert M. Martin Collection. Ex Dr. Thomas Hall Collection; Virgil Brand Collection; Stack's Sale of the Edward Hessberg Collection, June 19-20, 1991, lot 1519.
PCGS #370 and #687266.
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