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W-1960, Breen 1117 variety, one of just 17 known according to our own census data.

This piece is one of the series of interesting and very rare speculative patterns for US coinage. With its combination of historical significance, great rarity and august provenance, it is also perhaps the very epitome of ‘Museum Quality Coinage’.

The obverse is similar in design to the far more common 1787 Immunis Columbia issue which followed, though with some subtle differences in the seated figure and the prior use of IMMUNE in place of IMMUNIS.

The obverse legend translates as either ‘America immune from the troubles of the world’, or ‘America immune from taxation’ depending on your perspective (and level of cynicism). We favor the latter translation, but would be delighted to be proven wrong by someone who knows better.

The reverse is similar to the common Nova Constellatio Pointed Rays type designated by Crosby as (in that series) obverse 2, though here with the addition of an extra star in the right border.

The coin itself is the finest of its type and only uncirculated example, with crisp detail, hard chocolate brown surfaces and just a few scattered marks picked up over the intervening 230+ years.

Ex Heritage’s January 2015 sale of the Donald Partrick Collection, lot #5643; earlier Bowers March 1988 sale of the Norweb Collection, lot #2621; earlier the collection of Virgil M. Brand.


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