Noe-33a, a rare variant that is far more aesthetically pleasing than the more commonly seen Noe-33 Sixpence.
The difference is that while Noe-33 is always dramatically off-center on the obverse, this issue is much better centered on the planchet, with the full obverse legends visible and thus represents this design as the original coiners intended.
We avoid the typical off-center Sixpences and instead seek out this variant – but they are rare and seldom trade in any grade. In fact, noted Massachusetts specialist Alan Weinberg (whose collection exhibit was a highlight of the recent ANA in Baltimore) reports seeing just 3 or 4 of this type through the years.
This one has just a couple of ancient lines on the obverse, but it is 100% original, with lovely rich silvery gray color and is about as nice as can be obtained.
Ex-Stack’s October 2005 sale of the Ford Collection, lot #138 @ $21,550.
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