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Breen-251, W-8350, considered to be Rarity-3.

One of our favorite early issues based on its distinctly American subject matter and its charming folk-art style design.

William Pitt was a popular figure in early America, largely based on his successful efforts to repeal the Stamp Act in 1766, as honored in the obverse legend:


But one will note that the engraver originally omitted the last ‘R’ in RESTORER, and then, almost certainly in a panic, tried to squeeze a tiny one into the empty space between RESTORE and OF as if no one would notice.

The reverse is cool too, with an early use of AMERICA (a very uncommon thing on a coin of this era), but oddly placed at an angle again suggestive of an afterthought.

And this is a totally original example with superb surfaces for this grade level and about the best golden brown color we’ve seen on this type.


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