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Obverse of 1787 Fugio Cent - Newman 15-Y     Reverse of 1787 Fugio Cent - Newman 15-Y


1787 FUGIO CENT - 
NEWMAN 15-Y

Rarity: Very Scarce

Variety equivalents:
Kessler 15-Y, Breen 1313

Notes:
The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
Newman 15-H 
Newman 15-K 
Newman 15-V

This was the only use of the reverse die.



Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions

Significant examples:
PCGS AU-50 (illustrated below).  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s February 10-11, 2000 Long Beach Sale, Lot 5279, sold for $1,610.00 - Early American Numismatics, offered for $4,695.00 in April, 2001 in their History Store - Early American History Auctions, Inc. Mail Bid Sale, April 20, 2002, Lot 984

"Extremely Fine+ to About Uncirculated" (illustrated above).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc. Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1472, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Rich, medium brown color, with slightly lighter colorations on the reverse. This example is exceedingly well struck and on a smooth, problem-free planchet. Both of the reverse label stars are visible, which is a very desirable trait, as often only one of the stars (at top) is visible....

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 14, 2000, Lot 1037, where it was described as follows: "Slightly granular, mostly from problems in the planchet that existed before the coin was struck. The top star on the label is crisp and clearly legible; the lower star is weakly defined. The obverse shows the die break connecting the sundial to the rim at 5:00 (seen on every example we’ve viewed). Colorwise, this is an unusually nice, medium shade of brown."

ANACS VF-30.  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc. Mail Bid Sale, April 20, 2002, Lot 991, where it was described (in part) as follows: "...Nice, medium-brown colors with some darker tones in and around the lettering and devices. Small, planchet lamination at IO of FUGIO..."

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 15-Y     Reverse of 1787 Fugio Cent - Newman 15-Y

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions