Newman 2-B, W-1135, a variety definitively known only as a circa 1688 original striking of this issue. Considered to be Rarity-6.
And while the circa 1828 American Plantation restrikes can be found with some frequency in high grades, no-question original strikings like this piece are a whole different matter.
Indeed, in years of diligent searching, we have handled just 2 other no question originals of any variety that were as high as this grade level, and none finer.
And like most 325 year-old coins struck in this temperamental tin composition, this one has a few minor issues, including a small void in the left obverse field, and some fairly unobtrusive tin pest at the lower reverse which set the grade at 62. Even so, this is among the best we know of with rich coin gray color, extremely sharp detail and excellent eye-appeal for this often ugly type.
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