Noe 15 variety, the so-called ‘Fat Tree’ type. Considered to be Rarity-5.
A rare and seldom seen variety; most Small Planchet Pine Tree Shillings are Noe 16 or Noe 17 types.
Totally original, the distinctive color of Massachusetts silver that has not been cleaned or tampered with in the last 350 years or so.
Struck on a ‘tight’ planchet, with the legends pushed to the very edges. Still, the centering is quite nice and the all-important tree, date and denomination are full and bold.
For whatever reason, this variety is often seen poorly struck with considerable weakness in places. And while this piece too is not perfectly struck, it is a more than representative example of a variety which would be awfully difficult and very expensive to upgrade.
Ex-Stack’s October 2005 sale of the John J. Ford Collection, lot #108.
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