1787 N York Excelsior, Indian/Arms, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: U.S. Colonial Issues

PCGS AU53BN

PCGS AU53BN

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PCGS AU50BN

PCGS AU50BN

PCGS AU50BN

PCGS AU50BN

PCGS #:
436
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Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Other
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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:58, $143,000

2 AU50 PCGS grade

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2014:3028, $88,125 - Heritage 7/2015:3003, not sold - Heritage 1/2016:5211, $73,437.50 - Heritage 4/2016:4515, not sold - Heritage 8/2016:3932, $64,625

3 XF estimated grade

F.C.C. Boyd Estate - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 5/2004:312, $63,250

3 XF40 estimated grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:457 - Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:601, $21,000 - Gilbert Steinberg Collection - Stack's 10/1989:104, $20,900

5 PCGS XF details, environmental damage

Ted L. Craige Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:314, $55,813

6 VF35 estimated grade

Peter Gschwend Collection (purchased intact by William H. Woodin - Thomas Elder 6/1908:87 - F.C.C. Boyd Collection, sold privately on 4/25/1958 - New Netherlands, sold privately - John L. Roper Collection - Stack’s 11/1983:275 - Stack's 5/2007:521, $103,500

6 VF30 PCGS grade
7 VF20 PCGS grade F12 PCGS grade

John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904:348 - John Story Jenks Collection - Henry Chapman 12/1921:5493 - Donald Groves [Partrick] Collection - Stack's 11/1974:336 - Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2015:2511, $58,750

8 VG8 PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:58, $143,000

#2 AU50 PCGS grade

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2014:3028, $88,125 - Heritage 7/2015:3003, not sold - Heritage 1/2016:5211, $73,437.50 - Heritage 4/2016:4515, not sold - Heritage 8/2016:3932, $64,625

#3 XF estimated grade

F.C.C. Boyd Estate - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 5/2004:312, $63,250

#3 XF40 estimated grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:457 - Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:601, $21,000 - Gilbert Steinberg Collection - Stack's 10/1989:104, $20,900

#5 PCGS XF details, environmental damage

Ted L. Craige Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:314, $55,813

#6 VF35 estimated grade

Peter Gschwend Collection (purchased intact by William H. Woodin - Thomas Elder 6/1908:87 - F.C.C. Boyd Collection, sold privately on 4/25/1958 - New Netherlands, sold privately - John L. Roper Collection - Stack’s 11/1983:275 - Stack's 5/2007:521, $103,500

#6 VF30 PCGS grade
F12 PCGS grade #7 VF20 PCGS grade

John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904:348 - John Story Jenks Collection - Henry Chapman 12/1921:5493 - Donald Groves [Partrick] Collection - Stack's 11/1974:336 - Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2015:2511, $58,750

#8 VG8 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Only a dozen or so examples are known of this rare type that features a standing American Indian on the front of the coin, holding a tomahawk in one hand and a twisted bow in the other. The reverse features the Arms of New York, with two female figures flanking a shield surmounted by a small eagle atop a half globe. The word EXCELSIOR and the date 1787 appear at the base of the reverse.

The best example of the 1787 Excelsior Indian/NY Arms is the Gem Uncirculated example from the Eliasberg Collection, sold in 1996 for $143,000 (and worth considerably more today). All other examples are circulated, usually in Fine to Very Fine. On average, this type appears at auction about once every four or five years, thus opportunities to purchase an example are few and far between.