Crosby 26, Breen 244, Freidus 3.2-D variety considered to be Rarity-7.
A pleasing light chocolate brown example of this important issue.
Tantalizing in some ways, with the lower obverse and right side of the reverse exhibiting incredible sharpness and hard surfaces as fine as any Higley we have ever seen, coupled with areas of roughness and uneven striking normally associated with these crude coppers.
A fascinating piece to satisfy even the most ardent student of this series: A product of slightly misaligned dies, almost certainly a flip-over double strike error, struck over an unidentified host coin and, as evidenced by the raised ‘x’ marks in the reverse fields, struck from a cancelled or otherwise intentionally damaged reverse die.
In all, an attractive example for type with an interesting (and long) story to tell.
One of just 6 known 1739 Higley coppers, with 2 of those permanently impounded in institutional collections, and as such, one of the rarest coins we have ever offered.
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