Nova Eborac Copper Coins

Obverse of Nova Eborac Copper
Reverse of Nova Eborac Copper

Ron Guth: Nova Eborac (New York) copper coins were issued in 1787. Because of punch linkage to the 1787 Brasher Doubloon, it is most likely that Ephraim Brasher also issued the Nova Eborac Coppers, possibly with help from John Bailey. Both men petitioned the New York legislature in 1787 to grant permission to strike copper coins.

Nova Eborac Coppers come in four varieties, as follows:

Large Head, Reverse Figure Facing Left: The size difference between the Large Head and the Medium Head is minor, so this nomenclature is misleading. Side-by-side comparison is recommended. Perhaps 20 different examples of this variety exist.

Medium Head, Reverse Figure Facing Left: See above. This variety is the most common of the Nova Eborac Coppers.

Medium Head, Reverse Figure Facing Right: The right-facing direction of the reverse figure is diagnostic. Common

Small Head, Reverse Figure Facing Left: Distinctive in appearance and not from the same punches and hand as the preceding. Easily the rarest of the Nova Eborac Coppers.