1652 6P Willow Tree (Regular Strike)

Series: U.S. Colonial Issues

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

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PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS F12

PCGS F12

PCGS #:
15
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N/A
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Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Other
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 14 R-9.4 2 / 3 10 / 12
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 3 TIE 2 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 3 1 / 12
Survival Estimate
All Grades 14
60 or Better 2
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.4
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 3
60 or Better 1 / 3 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 3
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 10 / 12
60 or Better 2 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 12

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Spink & Sons “W.S. Lincoln Collection” 3/1935:148 - Carl Wurtzbach, sold privately in 1938 - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/2005:10, $253,000 - Heritage 1/2007:701, originally listed as having sold for $460,000, then changed to not sold

2 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU53 PCGS grade

E.J. French Collection - Sotheby's 12/1926:177 - F.C.C. Boyd Collection - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/2005:11, $218,500 - David M. Sundman Collection - Stack's/Bowers 11/2013:4003, $270,250

4 VF20 PCGS grade
Noe Plate Coin (Plate VII, #6)
 
Mid-West Coin Firm (most likely B.G. Johnson of the St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 5/2014:30260, $64,625 - Don Willis Collection - Heritage 8/2017:3802, $70,500
5 F12 PCGS grade
5 F12 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Spink & Sons “W.S. Lincoln Collection” 3/1935:148 - Carl Wurtzbach, sold privately in 1938 - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/2005:10, $253,000 - Heritage 1/2007:701, originally listed as having sold for $460,000, then changed to not sold

#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU53 PCGS grade

E.J. French Collection - Sotheby's 12/1926:177 - F.C.C. Boyd Collection - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/2005:11, $218,500 - David M. Sundman Collection - Stack's/Bowers 11/2013:4003, $270,250

#4 VF20 PCGS grade
Noe Plate Coin (Plate VII, #6)
 
Mid-West Coin Firm (most likely B.G. Johnson of the St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 5/2014:30260, $64,625 - Don Willis Collection - Heritage 8/2017:3802, $70,500
#5 F12 PCGS grade
#5 F12 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Willow Tree Sixpences are extremely rare, with slightly more than a dozen known. The entire mintage is comprised of a single die variety, but each coin has its own individual appearance because of the way they were made. To create each coin, the minters struck the planchets with the dies multiple times, as each strike was on a different plane and various portions of the design details were impressed with each strike. As a result, the legends are usually jumbled and illegible, the tree looks like a bunch of squiggly lines, and the date and denomination are often mixed together. The highest grade example (and the only Mint State example known) is the PCGS MS64 formerly of the John J,. Ford Collection. However, the most natural appearing example, in my opinion, is the PCGS AU58 -- it is nicely centered, the tree is clear, the date and denomination are properly positioned, and the overall appearance is excellent.