1788 CONNECTICUT COPPER -
This was the only use of the obverse die.
The reverse die of this
variety was also used on:
1788 Miller 16.1-D
Images courtesy of Early
American History Auctions
PCGS AU-50. Ex - Superior January 28, 1900, Lot 2031 - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Coin
Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1022, plated, where it was described as
follows: "1788 Connecticut Miller 2-D Rarity-1 PCGS graded About
Uncirculated-50. Mailed bust right. Reddish chocolate brown and steel. The
planchet is mostly smooth but there is microscopic roughness on the
portrait. No spots or contact marks. LDS with a strong cud break joining
the shoulder to the rim and additional die cracks on both sides. The
reverse is rotated 30 degrees CCW."
"Very Fine or better.
Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25,
2001, Lot 1387, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1788
CT Copper, Miller 2-D, Mailed Bust Right, Very Fine or better.
Rarity 1. Details and surfaces of Extremely Fine, but with enough
congenital flaws and voids to merit lowering the grade to a net VF.
To its credit, this coin displays no circulation flaws and has no real
wear or post-striking problems. Obverse circular planchet cutter lip
can be seen along the top edge."
- Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 14,
2000, Lot 993, "PCGS VF-30...Pleasing, olive and light tan colors. The surfaces
show some scattered patches of roughness, most of which appears to have
been in the planchet before the coin was struck." - Early American History Auctions, Inc.
Bid Sale, April 20, 2002, Lot 940, illustrated, where it was
described (in full) as follows: "Extremely
Fine-45. Attractive reddish and golden-brown colors. Softly struck at the
top of the obverse (possibly accounted for by the patch of natural
roughness that appears on the lower left reverse). Great details for the
grade, with just a touch of wear on the high points. This interesting
variety has the date crowded to the left.", unsold - Early American
History Auctions, Inc. Mail Bid Sale, December 7, 2002, Lot 949 - EAHA
06/2004:881, $632.50. The images above are of the same coin, indicating the dramatic influence
that lighting can have on a coin's appearance.