(1785) Token Bar Copper, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: U.S. Colonial Issues

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

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PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS #:
599
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 200 R-7.0 1 / 1 2 / 2
60 or Better N/A 1 / 1 1 / 2 TIE
65 or Better N/A 1 / 1 1 / 2 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 200
60 or Better N/A
65 or Better N/A
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.0
60 or Better
65 or Better
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 1
60 or Better 1 / 1
65 or Better 1 / 1
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 2
60 or Better 1 / 2 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 2 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade Offered at the 2002 New York American Numismatic Association convention by RAAB coins for $36,000
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade

Liberty Collection

4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN PCGS grade
4 MS64BN estimated grade

Richard Picker Collection - Ted L. Craige Collection, sold privately on 5/18/1971 for $850 - Donald Groves Partrick Collection - Heritage 1/2015:5661, $70,500

4 MS64BN estimated grade

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 5/2014:30383, $64,625

9 MS63BN PCGS grade

David Spence Collection - Stack’s 3/1975:753 - Archangel Collection - Stack's/Bowers 10/2018:7103

9 MS63BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
Offered at the 2002 New York American Numismatic Association convention by RAAB coins for $36,000
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN PCGS grade

Liberty Collection

#4 MS64BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN PCGS grade
#4 MS64BN estimated grade

Richard Picker Collection - Ted L. Craige Collection, sold privately on 5/18/1971 for $850 - Donald Groves Partrick Collection - Heritage 1/2015:5661, $70,500

#4 MS64BN estimated grade

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 5/2014:30383, $64,625

#9 MS63BN PCGS grade

David Spence Collection - Stack’s 3/1975:753 - Archangel Collection - Stack's/Bowers 10/2018:7103

#9 MS63BN PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Bar "Cents" first appeared in the American Colonies in 1785, when they joined the mix of motley coppers then in circulation. Their weight was too low to be valued at a Cent, but the name has stuck through use and tradition (in fact, the weight is almost identical to the U.S. Half Cents of 1795 and later years). The obverse features a U.S.A. monogram nearly identical to that seen on pewter buttons worn on the uniforms of Continental soldiers. The reverse consists of thirteen parallel bars, signifying the original Colonies. The simple, patriotic design makes these coins a favorite with collectors, although they are rather scarce and expensive.

Bar "Cents" were made in England, possibly at Wyon's mint in Birmingham (more famous for their Nova Constellatio Coppers). Various forgeries exist, ranging in quality from crude casts to excellent struck copies and electrotypes. All genuine examples have a small, thorn-like projection on the far right side of the bottom edge of the second bar from the top. Electrotypes will also show this projection, so authentication is mandatory.

Breen lists two specimens that are known on larger, oval planchets and speculates that they might have been "...some kind of special presentation or souvenir striking", but this is unlikely. Until the weights of these two unusual examples is ascertained, we can only speculate that they are normal strikes on misshapen blanks.

Sources and/or recommended reading: "Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen