1787 FUGIO CENT -
Rarity: Very Scarce
Kessler 7-T, Breen 1310
This was the only use of the obverse die.
The left sides of the I of
MIND and the B of BUSINESS are in line with each other and the two letters
nearly touch (in fact, on this variety, MIND YOUR and BUSINESS are closer
than on any other variety).
Early states of the obverse
are perfect. Later states show a crack running from the rim, along
the right side of the first S of business, through and just beyond the
diamond separating MIND and YOUR. Another crack is visible in the
rays just to the right of the sun's face. This may have connected
with the lower crack, creating a bisecting crack that doomed the die.
The reverse die of this
variety was also used on:
A diagnostic feature of this
die is a small nick on the outer arc of the lowest ring.
Early states of the reverse
are perfect. Later states show a die crack that starts near the rim
at 7:30 and eventually grows to connect the rim to the inside of the
ring (see illustration above).
Images courtesy of Ron
(illustrated above). TT, late die state, 152.9 grains.
TT, early die state.
Very Fine or better". Ex - Stack's 65th Anniversary Sale, October
17-19, 2000, Lot 17, "137.8 grains...fully struck, tiny
planchet defect at left obverse rim", sold for $690.00