"1787" (ca. 1860) Fugio Copper. "New Haven Restrike." Newman 104-FF, W-17560. Rarity-3. Brass. AU-53 (PCGS).
138.8 grains. The rich mustard coloration of this "restrike" is accented by olive patina in the protected areas. The strike is uniformly bold and well centered, complemented by overall smooth fields. Magnification reveals a collection of hairline scratches behind MIND YOUR BUSINESS at the lower obverse, though these have long been worn into the surfaces and go unnoticed to the naked eye. A patch of crimson coloration on each side will be helpful in tracing this piece through future cabinets.
Provenance: From our sale of the Cohasco Collection of Colonials formed by Sir Philip H. Snyder, circa 1963-68, October 2018 Baltimore Auction, lot 6348.
1787 Fugio Copper. Pointed Rays. Newman 1-B, W-6600. Rarity-4. Obverse Cross After Date, No Cinquefoils, UNITED STATES. EF-40 (PCGS).
154.8 grains. The obverse is bold olive-brown with two areas of lighter reddish-copper at the top and center. The reverse, by contrast, is a more even rich brown in color. The surfaces are basically porosity free, being disturbed only by very faint flaws and the result of die clash. Newman 1-B is the most available variety of the historically significant Cross After Date Fugio coppers, although the supply of examples is extremely limited relative to the combined demand from type collectors and variety specialists. The Ford provenance adds further appeal.
Provenance: Ex F.C.C. Boyd estate; our (Stack's) sale of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part I, October 2003, lot 229.
1818 Matron Head Cent. N-10. Rarity-1. MS-63 BN (PCGS).
Deep suggestions of steel blue and olive color accent the patina across this Choice example. Uniformly lustrous and sharply defined, remaining free from notable abrasions. Noyes Die State C/B.
Provenance: From the Paradise Collection.
1818 Matron Head Cent. N-10. Rarity-1. MS-64 BN (PCGS). CAC.
A remarkable near-Gem example showing a blend of pinkish and olive-brown coloration throughout, with the most Mint red vibrancy apparent on the reverse. The luster is soft and nicely undisturbed in the fields, framing sharply defined devices despite a late die state equivalent to Noyes Die State C/B. AN ideal candidate for both type collectors and specialists.
Provenance: From the Paradise Collection.
1819/8 Matron Head Cent. N-1. Rarity-1. MS-61 BN (PCGS).
Chocolate brown and mahogany hues adorn each side of this Mint State overdate example. The surfaces are overall glossy, with traces of satiny luster remaining in the protected areas throughout. A few flashes of pink show across the high points on each side, though the complexion is otherwise without mentionable imperfections. Noyes Die State A/A. This coin is accompanied by a loose NGC label with the certification number of 1607519-004 that states the grade as MS-63 BN.
Provenance: From the Paradise Collection. Earlier ex David Lawrence Rare Coins, August 2005.
PCGS Population: 3; 27 finer.
1822 Matron Head Cent. N-11. Rarity-2. MS-65 BN (NGC).
A marvelous Gem with significant satiny luster blanketing the fields on each side. The design elements boast a more frosty texture and remain fully devoid of friction. Overall a rich cocoa brown with suggestions of violet and olive throughout. A shallow mark at Liberty's chin and a bagmark above the N in ONE will help in tracing this jewel through future cabinets. Liberty's portrait is peppered with minute traces of die rust as is seen in all states, though the rust at stars 12 and 13 has been removed here in Noyes Die State B/B. This piece is a significant offering for Early Copper specialists and presents a handsome pedigree to complement the exceptional preservation. It is traceable back 50 years to March 1969 and has since passed through the hands of such renowned numismatists as R. E. Naftzger and C. Douglas Smith. Smith called this piece the "finest known of this very rare in the high grades variety" when detailing its provenance in the early 1980s. More recently, specialists Noyes, Bland, and Demo assigned it an EAC grade of MS-60 and ranked it in 4th place of their 2005 Condition Census. It is tied with just 5 other examples at the very top of the NGC Census including all 1822 varieties, and not a single coin has been certified finer within this color designation.
Provenance: From the Paradise Collection. Earlier ex Larry Whitlow March 1969; Jerry A. Bobbe September 13, 1974; C. Douglas Smith; Myles Z. Gerson March 27, 1980; C. Douglas Smith; R. E. Naftzger, Jr.; 1989 EAC Sale, April 1989, lot 258; Heritage's sale of the Jon A. Boka Collection, September 2011, lot 3038; Ira and Larry Goldberg's sale of the Manuel Ahumada Collection, June 2017, lot 62.
NGC Census: 6; none finer.
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