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1787 CONNECTICUT COPPER -
Miller 31.2-r.3

Obverse of 1787 Connecticut Copper - Miller 31.2-r.3     Reverse of 1787 Connecticut Copper - Miller 31.2-r.3

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions, Inc.

"About Uncirculated".  Robert A. Vlack - George Perkins - Stack's "George Perkins" sale, January 2001, Lot 323, illustrated - offered by Rosa Americana, Ltd. as eBay #1263610221 on August 9, 2001, where it was described as follows:  "1787 Connecticut Copper. Miller 31.2-r.3. Rarity-1. This is the GEORGE PERKINS SPECIMEN offered as Lot 323 of the Stack’s January, 200 sale of his collection where it was plated and described by Michael Hodder as follows: '135.8 grains. About Uncirculated. Dark orange tan obverse, with an area of deeper charcoal (apparently inactive verdigris) on the left rim; reverse a similar shade, undisturbed by additional toning. Fields smooth and hard to the naked eye on both sides (save at left obverse), centers a trifle granular. Small obverse field flaw below second N; heavier reverse flaw below Liberty’s branch hand, running through the bottom of the branch, intruding into D at left but not reaching the rim. Perfectly centered, with a full date. High Condition Census for the variety, in the top rank along with 3 other coins that grade AU and better than the next level, which includes 3 EF’s. Usually seen medallic turn reverse. Later die states, as Taylor:2475, the obverse broken at top.' George purchased this coin from noted dealer Robert A. Vlack in 1984, and in the succeeding 16 years was never able to locate a finer example. Indeed, in his original handwritten envelope for this coin, George grades it “AU (Poss. Unc.)” and calls it “Finest Known, Later Die State.” A stunning example, with an incredible amount of eye appeal and choice color and surface quality. Exceeded in our experience by just two pieces – the spotty but fully Uncirculated example in the EAC ’75 sale and the AU Dr. Hall – Hessberg coin (which brought $1210 even in that weak market). This one is nicer than the AU piece on Stack’s 1997 fixed price list (a tad bit weaker but with better surface color and gloss than that coin), and the slightly weaker AU we offered on our last Fixed Price list; this one is clearly HIGH IN THE CONDITION CENSUS for the variety. As Michael Hodder noted, everything else has been in lower grades – EF examples were in Norweb, Oecshner, Taylor and the 1995 C4 convention sale; incidentally, the first three of these show that striking weakness is quite common for the variety, as each of them are rather weak EF’s, with the Oecshner and Taylor pieces actually being graded as VF in their respective sales! True VF’s are in the permanent collections of the ANS and the CNL Foundation, as well as the Boyd-Brand-Ryder and Picker Reference Collection sales. While this is one of the more common of Connecticut copper varieties in grades of up to VF or so, it is still very difficult to find any nicer. The surviving number of AU and Uncirculated Connecticut coppers is minuscule, even with 350+ varieties known, and the vast majority of these have long since been incorporated into large, private collections of this series. Take a look at the few sales that included a large number of high-grade Connecticut coppers – EAC ’75, Garrett, Roper, Taylor, Hessberg and Oecshner leading the list – and see how few of those have reappeared after their initial offerings. This is a most pleasing example, and one that will fit in nicely to an extremely high-grade variety or type set; with the addition of the incomparable pedigree, it will certainly be a highlight of any collection. Accompanied by the original lot ticket for the Stack’s January, 2000 sale, as well as George Perkins’ original handwritten envelope and Robert Vlack’s original typed envelope– all fascinating and important pieces of numismatic history."

"Fine-12"  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, April 21, 2001, Lot 1047, where it was described as follows: "1787 CT Copper, Draped Bust Left, Miller 31.2-r.3, Fine.  137.5 grains. Rarity 2 (Common). A pleasing, tan-colored example, with slightly darker fields. The reverse boasts a completely full date."

 
 

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