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Obverse of 1787 Fugio Cent - Newman 1-B     Reverse of 1787 Fugio Cent - Newman 1-B


1787 FUGIO CENT - 
NEWMAN 1-B

Rarity: Rare

Variety equivalents:
Kessler 1-B, Breen 1302

Notes:
The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
Newman 1-CC 
Newman 1-Z 
Newman 1-L 

Early states of the obverse are perfect, with no visible clash marks.  Later states show doubled clash marks developing on the upper right side of the obverse.

This was the only use of the reverse die.  The engraver mistakenly punched the word ONE under the word WE; upon realizing his mistake, he punched an A over the O and an R over the N, left the E alone, then completed the rest of the wording.  In the illustration at right, the O may be seen clearly below the A and the upper right serif of the N can be seen beneath the R.

Early states of the reverse are perfect, with no visible clash marks.  Later, clear "ghosts" of the exergue line and some of the letters of MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS appear at the top of the reverse (see below).

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Known examples:
(illustrated above).  New York collection (TT), the Breen plate coin.

"Very Fine".  Ex - Stack's "Roper", Lot 410, 141.4 grains, sold for $462.00

Closeup of the reverse of 1787 Fugio Cent - Newman 1-B

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen (purchase a copy by clicking on the title)

"The Fugio Cents" by Alan Kessler (out-of-print)

Obverse of 1787 Fugio Cent - Newman 1-B - late die state     Reverse of 1787 Fugio Cent - Newman 1-B - late die state

Images courtesy of Ron Guth