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||Spring 2019 Baltimore U.S. Coins Auction
||Henry Miller’s 1787 44-Z.10
1787 Connecticut Copper. Miller 44-Z.10, W-4295. Rarity-6+. Draped Bust Left. Fine-15 (PCGS).
139.8 grains. Delightful surfaces are light olive brown with subtle undertones of deep tan. A series of small natural planchet flaws streak across both sides, these being just a little heavier on the reverse where the design features fortunately mask them a bit more than they would have on the obverse. The surfaces are smooth and hard otherwise, glossy and really quite choice. A small natural clip is noted over AUCT, affecting only the tops of DE in INDE on the other side. Well centered with strong legends for the variety, each letter being respectably clear including the first few of AUCTORI which are characteristically weak on this variety due to die failure and bulging in this area. Similarly, the network of serious die breaks on the reverse and the prominent and long bulge passing through Liberty’s knee are clearly delineated; these have not yet been worn into the surrounding design as on the following coin. Most of these we have seen have had large flaws or been very weak. The Collection SLT coin was a little sharper than this one, but was scratched. Our description of the Collection SLT coin included a note that it was of similar sharpness to this coin, but “without the grainy surface.” This was an assessment of the coin based on the Ford catalog plate, which was misleading, as this coin is anything but grainy. A lovely example with fine provenance.
Provenance: From the Twin Leaf Collection of Connecticut & Massachusetts Coppers. Earlier ex Henry C. Miller, Thomas Elder, May 1920:2029; Hiller C. Ryder (tag included); F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr., Stack’s, Ford Part IX, May 2005:463.
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