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Obverse of 1787 Connecticut Copper - Miller 33.13-q     Reverse of 1787 Connecticut Copper - Miller 33.13-q

MILLER 33.13-q

Rarity: Extremely Rare (4 to 5 known)

The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1787 Miller 33.13-Z.1 
1787 Miller 33.13-Z.6 
1787 Miller 33.13-Z.7 
1787 Miller 33.13-ff.1 
1787 Miller 33.13-hh.2 

The obverse has two noticeable flaws that become more apparent as the die wears.  The first is a small crack that connects the second C of CONNEC with the ribbon ends.  The other is a defect that appears between the T and O of AUCTORI.  Early states of this obverse show both flaws.  Terminal die states show advanced stages of these flaws, plus additional, spidery cracks across the tip of the bust, in the left field and across the queue.

Breen listed the emission sequence for the 33.13 obverse as Z.1, Z.6, ff.1, hh.2, and Z.7, but was unable to fit the q reverse into the sequence because "...we have not seen [one] recently enough."  In looking at the photographs in the 1975 Pine Tree "The Early American Coppers Society Convention" (Lots 227, 234, 167, 220, and 259, respectively), it appears that this variety falls somewhere in the middle of the sequence.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1787 Miller 33.4-q 
1787 Miller 33.19-q 
1787 Miller 33.43-q

Early states of the reverse die are perfect.  A small crack develops and connects the pole hand with the rim, eventually resulting in a bulging of the die above the crack.

Breen's imputed emission sequence of obverses with the q reverse is 33.19, 33.43, and 33,4 (again, a Miller 33.13-q was not available to complete the sequence).  Clearly, the Miller 33.13 is the latest state in this emission sequence.

No examples were offered in the 1976 Pine Tree Sale, Taylor or Perkins sales.

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Significant examples:
Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction", February 24-25, 2003, Lot 42, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1787 Connecticut Miller 33.13-q  Rarity-6  VG8.  Matte dark chocolate with medium brown highpoints.  The planchet is covered with uniform extreme fine granularity.  No verdigris or marks.  LDS with die failure at the top of the staff on the reverse.  A variety that's tougher than the rarity rating might suggest; missing from the Taylor and Perkins sales.  Weight 134.9 grains.", sold for $9,775.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
Pine Tree Auction Company, Inc., "The Early American Coppers Society Convention" sale catalog, February 15, 1975 (these are out-of-print, but can occasionally be located on eBay or dealers in rare numismatic books)