Breen-64, W-1080 variety, considered to be Rarity-5 or so, but an issue which trades very infrequently with just a few appearances a year in any grade.
And this is among the most appealing examples we’ve owned, with choice surfaces, rich blue-gray color, bold legends and just some of the typical striking weakness in Cecil Calvert’s hair as seen on even the highest graded survivors of this type (with the spectacular James A. Stack coin shown in our archive a notable exception). Of course, that Stack specimen brought $126,500 when it last traded at Heritage in January of 2008.
And while this one is not quite in that league, it is a lovely piece for type bearing one of the most desirable provenances in all of colonial numismatics and seems to us a compelling proposition at less than half of that nearly 5 year-old price realized.
Ex Stack’s December 1983 sale of the John L. Roper Collection, lot #43.
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