Vlack 15-85NY, W-1995 variety, estimated by us to be Rarity-6 as an issue with a verified population of 19 specimens, though many of those are impaired, flawed, very low grade (or some combination of the above).
One of the ‘sexy’ (well, to coin collectors) Machin’s Mills rarities, this is a crudely made issue marrying a George III obverse (engraved as CEORCIVS III REX) to a discarded IMMUNE COLUMBIA reverse.
Our own census research reveals the following examples:
Stack’s Ford II, May, 2004, Lot #285
Bowers Norweb II, March 1988, Lot #2623; Ex-Parmelee and seemingly the Crosby plate coin
Stack’s October, 1991, Lot #1355
Bowers Garrett 3, October, 1980, Lot #1336; Ex-Mills
Stack’s June, 1981, Lot #48; Ex-J.E. Stiles
The present specimen
Stack’s Roper, December 1983, Lot #211
New Netherlands’ 59th, June 1967, Lot #1066
Doyle Galleries’ Loye Lauder, December 1983, Lot #193
Bower’s November, 2002, Lot #174; Ex-Laird Park
Stack’s Oechsner, September 1988, Lot #1005; Ex-New Netherlands’ 59th, June 1967, Lot#1065
Stack’s Robison, February 1982, Lot #100
Bowers January, 1988, Lot #32
Goldberg September, 2002 Lot #54; Ex-C4, November 2000, Lot #73
Stack’s Winter, January, 1992, Lot #163
Ebay, May, 2004
Stack’s January, 1992, Lot #164
Pine Tree Altman-Haffner, April, 1975, Lot #665
Stack’s Steinberg, October, 1989, Lot #69
We suspect there may be at least a few additional examples which we have not uncovered in our research, though we note that the Craige cataloger pegged the census as "about a dozen known", the Ford cataloger referenced just 14 different specimens, and the census included in the Norweb sale catalog listed only 8.
And while this piece is not perfect(!), it is downright choice for this challenging type(!!), with much better than typically seen surfaces and color and very little actual wear, and, to our eye, ranks somewhere around 5th or 6th finest known on the admittedly unscientific census above.
Objectively, it is the 2nd nicest example to appear on the market in 22 years, with only the superb 2004 Ford coin (sold by us last year at a considerably higher price) distinctly finer.
Ex Stack’s-Bowers March 2013 sale of the Ted Craige Collection; earlier John Ford; earlier F.C.C. Boyd; earlier Hillyer Ryder; earlier Thomas Elder’s sale of December 16, 1916, lot #685.
Note that this coin has been verified by CAC.
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