1787 FUGIO CENT -
Kessler 1-B, Breen 1302
The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
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
(illustrated above). New
York collection (TT),
the Breen plate coin.
Ex - Stack's "Roper", Lot 410, 141.4 grains, sold for $462.00
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)