Noe-33a, the rare variant with the entire obverse legend on the planchet (unlike the ‘regular’ version, Noe-33, on which much of MASATHVSETS is always cut off). One of perhaps 7 or 8 we’ve encountered in years of looking.
But even the typical Noe-33a has part of the legends cut off. In fact, this is the only one we have ever seen or know about with the entire legend fully on the planchet. This piece also shows evidence of double striking, indicating the special care in its manufacture which may have been necessary to accomplish this.
Amazingly, this is also the highest graded truly original example we know of, with satiny luster, classic silvery gray color and delicate teal blue toning in the devices. And so it is no surprise that this piece was selected by Mr. Eliasberg, as it best represents this design as it was intended by the makers.
Ex Bowers May 1996 sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, lot #6, were it realized $29,700.
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