1786 CONNECTICUT COPPER -
Variety nickname: Hercules Head
The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1786 Miller 5.3-B.2
1786 Miller 5.3-G
die of this variety was also used on:
1786 Miller 5.4-N
states of the reverse show heavy die clashing (see below).
Images courtesy of Early
American History Auctions
Fine-40" (illustrated above). Ex - Early
American History Auctions, Inc. Mail Bid Sale, December 7, 2002, Lot 929,
illustrated, where it was described (in part) as follows: "...131.1
grains. Dark-brown, with lighter high points. Struck on a nice,
defect-free planchet with surfaces that have a dry, almost matte,
appearance. The surface texture is fine enough that we can't call it
porous or corroded, but it's not smooth enough to call it glossy,
either..." - EAHA 06/2004:879, grade reduced to "Choice Very Fine+
to Extremely Fine", $575.00 - Ron Guth
or finer. Ex –
American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,”
July 25, 2003
29, "Miller 5.3-N, the Hercules Head, Rarity-2", illustrated,
"Choice Very Fine or better" (illustrated
below). Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.
Bid Sale, April 19, 2003, Lot 1080, illustrated, where it was described (in
part) as follows: "...150.7 grains. An outstanding example of
this popular variety, with a degree of details seldom seen. Even the
heavily clashed reverse is nicely detailed. The obverse has a dry look
caused by some micro-porosity and the upper right side shows some
spidery lamination flaws. The reverse is glossier, nearly perfect, and
combines olive and brown colors in a pleasing blend..."
"Very Good-10" (illustrated
above). Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.
Bid Sale, April 20, 2002, Lot 925, where it was described (in
part) as follows: "... 125.0 grains.
Matte-like surface porosity, counterstamped with a "G" near
the center of the reverse."