Newman 1-A, Breen-179 variety, one of less than 20 believed known.
A classic rarity in the colonial series and just the second of this type we have handled in the last 3 years.
Slightly larger and heavier than the common Virginia Halfpenny, and boldly struck in proof format. This piece exhibits the diagnostic small first ‘7’ in the date and the evidence of die rust beneath the first ‘E’ in GEORGIVS seen on all genuine examples of this type, as well as the tiny die crack to the left of the date as seen on the Garrett, Roper, Picker and Ford specimens.
The coin itself is a pleasing rich, chocolate brown with nice surfaces and no meaningful marks or spots (which is not always the case on these).
A rare opportunity for the specialist.
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