Miller 3.D-1, W-2510 variety, the unusual and distinctive Connecticut Large Head Right type, nicknamed the ‘Scholar Head’ by Michael Hodder. Considered to be Rarity-5.
And this is a pleasing example of a variety which is typically seen in low grade, usually dark, often corroded and almost always unattractive.
But this one is nice, with smooth, golden brown surfaces and no noticeable impairments save for three shallow depressions in the reverse shield – though it is these marks which allow definitive identification of this piece as the plate coin in Crosby’s 1875 "The Early Coins of America", giving it a verifiable 135 year-old provenance (about as old as is possible to find on any colonial issue).
Ex Stack’s May 2005 sale of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, lot #247; earlier Sylvester Crosby’s “Early Coins of America” plate V:7.
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