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1652 MASSACHUSETTS "PINE TREE" SHILLING - NOE 1
    

Obverse of Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling - Noe 1     Reverse of Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling - Noe 1

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"About Uncirculated".  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s June , 2001 Mail Bid Sale, Lot 1217, where it was described as follows: 1652 MA Silver "Pine Tree" Shilling, Noe-1, Large Planchet, with Pellets at Base of Tree, Choice About Uncirculated-50.  72.1 grains. A simply stunning example of this type, here on a large, full planchet which is almost perfectly flat and which possesses some of the most colorful original toning you'll ever see on a Mass silver piece. The weight is fully up to standard and the edges have never been clipped or altered, nor is this a witch piece that has been bent and straightened (as are so many). Rather, this is an incredible piece that has no impairments whatsoever and which has only the slightest wear on the high points. A visual stunner!

     

    

PCGS XF-40
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"Brilliant Uncirculated."  Ex - Strong Museum - Stack's "66th Anniversary Sale", October 16, 2001, Lot 203, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1652 Pine Tree Shilling.
Large Planchet. Noe 1. Brilliant Uncirculated. 71.6 grains. Fully Choice surface quality, IN MA slightly off the edge, other legends, value and tree meticulously struck on a premium planchet. Medium golden toning. Here is as splendid an example of this classic American Colonial Silver coin as is likely to be found on today's quality-focused market, a coin difficult to match or improve."
   

    

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Obverse of Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling - Noe 1      Reverse of Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling - Noe 1
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"Uncirculated."  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 2 at $7,187.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "1652 Pine Tree Shilling, large planchet. 71.5 grains. Noe-1. PCGS graded AU-50. One of the nicest of the Pine Tree shillings this cataloger has seen, the planchet is full and round, with a small edge void near the top of the obverse, perhaps where some metal was "shaved" or maybe as made. The strike is sharp, with excellent detail on the tree and peripheral lettering. Lovely steel gray in color with hints of color dancing in the fields. Minor waviness in the planchet, as always..." - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s June 9, 2001 Mail Bid Sale, Lot 1218, where it was described as follows: "1652 MA Silver "Pine Tree" Shilling, Large Planchet, Noe 1, Very Choice Toned Uncirculated.  71.5 grains. An impressive example of this Large Planchet variety on a broad, full planchet. Evenly toned in a rich, steel- and golden-gray color. The surfaces are super-glossy and there are no traces of wear or even breaks in the color across the high points. The planchet shows some minor waviness which seems to be typical of this variety and not, as it has often been proposed, because the planchet was bent to ward off witches. Recent research indicates that some of the Large Planchet varieties may have been struck using roller dies, which would account for the waviness, which is also seen on European Thalers of the 1600s that were also struck using this technique. This remarkable piece has never been clipped (the small indentation on the top of the coin is natural, as made). We know of no nicer examples on the market at present."

   

    

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"Very Fine".  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s April 21, 2001 Mail Bid Sale, Lot 1025, where it was described as follows:  "1652 MA "Pine Tree" Shilling, Large Planchet, Noe-1, Very Fine.  56.6 grains. Probably buried at one time, accounting to some degree for the loss in weight. However, this coins was also struck from an extremely late state of the dies (the latest we've seen by far). In fact, much of the mushiness of detail and the surface roughness can be attributed directly to the advanced state of the dies..."

  

    

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PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Paul Arthur Norris - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 12, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "71.0 grains. PCGS graded AU-55. Pale iridescent silver and blue on both sides, with ample luster in the fields near the devices. A later die state than most, with a vertical crack noted on the tree trunk, and the reverse with a virtually bisecting break at the top of the date. Other cracks are present as well, one at the top of the denomination, a lump is present on the upper left of D(OM) and a larger lump on (A)N. Nicely round save for a straight edge clip on the left obverse, and sharply impressed for the issue with just a trace of weakness on left side of the M, with all other design elements bold and complete..."

 
 

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