(1797) New York Theatre Token
The Ford Specimen
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Breen-1055, D&H-167, W-9080 variety, considered to be Rarity-6 with about 20 known in all grades.

Struck in England as part of the Middlesex Conder series but long collected in the American colonial series due to its New York theme. And it is a particularly impressive token in hand, of the ample size and weight of an English Penny of the period (equivalent to an undated Washington Liberty & Security Penny for colonial collectors wishing a more familiar reference point).

And this is a spectacular example with lovely surfaces and flashes of brilliant original mint red remaining.  Which is significant, as just four or five of the known specimens exhibit any original color, of which this is the finest survivor we (or PCGS) has ever seen.

Stunning, in a word, especially in the context of a very rare piece which  - when it is seen at all - is likely to be dull, dark brown.

Ex Stack's May 2004 sale of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, lot #327; earlier F.C.C. Boyd.

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