Ryder-7 variety, considered to be Rarity-4.
Among the most popular of all colonial coins, with the charming ‘Green Mountain’ landscape scene that is simply unlike any other issue in the American series.
And while these coins are generally available in low grade, finding a choice piece is a very different story. In fact, for years the Redbook has included guidance in its Vermont section as follows: ‘Most Vermont coppers are struck on poor and defective planchets. Well struck coins on smooth, full planchets command higher prices’.
If you’ve ever tried to locate a choice, unflawed Vermont copper, particularly a landscape type, then you know exactly what they mean. Such coins, like this example, are legitimately rare and very difficult to find. And when they are found, like this one, they are not inexpensive.
Aside from its smooth planchet, this coin is well centered for this type, with perfect, light chocolate brown color, a beautiful, original look and just a couple of tiny marks.
We note also that this is a middle die state, as is often seen on Ryder-7, with the resulting bulge and loss of detail on the lower central obverse and affecting the left portion of the plow.
We have seen sharper pieces in higher technical grade, but on flawed planchets. We have seen pieces on largely unflawed planchets, but with spots or evidence of having been cleaned. We have not seen any one coin that exceeded this piece in all areas.
Overall, this is a lovely coin, extremely difficult to improve upon and as such an excellent example for type.
Ex Henry Chapman’s June 1918 sale of the Alison W. Jackman Collection, lot #78.
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