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Obverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 6-D     Reverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 6-D
  


1787 NEW JERSEY COPPER - 
MARIS 6-D

Rarity: Very Common

Variety equivalents: Breen 937

Notes:
The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1787 Maris 6-C

This was the only use of the reverse die.

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62 Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira S. Reed, October 31, 1944 at $12 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 73, where it was described (in part) as follows: "1787 New Jersey Copper. Large planchet, shield outlined. PCGS graded MS-62 Brown. Nearly choice, and with lovely brown color throughout. This example is well centered and struck, with fine details on all the devices. Free of all but microscopic handling marks, and certain to generate excitement among New Jersey specialists.  This one was struck at the Morristown Mint by Walter Mould. On this particular die variety (Maris 6-D, Crosby, Pl VII, 20) we note the low S in CAESAR, horseshoe "U's" and a die break on the lower reverse. Breen notes that many of this variety are struck from rusted dies, we could locate only a few possible tiny pits from die rust, and this coin is likely an early striking, before the dies rusted extensively. An outstanding example, tied for the finest seen by PCGS for the large planchet, outlined shield variety with a couple of others." - offered on eBay by Anaconda Rare Coins & Currency in November 2001 (#1297679284) with a starting price of $14,750.00, not sold - offered on eBay by Anaconda Rare Coins & Currency in January 2003 (#805003811) with a starting price of $13,50.00

EF-40.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 44, "Maris 6-D, Rarity-1", illustrated, sold for $977.50

Recent appearances:
PCGS XF-45 (see below)

VF-20 (see below)

"Fine".  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1404, where it was described as follows: "1787 NJ Copper, Outlined Shield, Maris 6-D, Fine.    139.8 grains. Dark, steel-brown surfaces, with a uniform layer of light porosity on both sides. Typical weakness at the date."

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

      

Obverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 6-D     Reverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 6-D

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions, Inc.

PCGS XF-45 (illustrated above).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, April 21, 2001, Lot 1067, where it was described as follows: "1787 NJ Copper, Outlined Shield, Maris 6-D, PCGS graded Extremely Fine-45.  Choice, medium brown surfaces and plenty of details for the grade. Tiny rim ding at 5:00 on the back. The relief is already shallow on this variety and in later states, the dies become rusted and worn. This is a nice, early state that is definitely above-average for the issue."

  

Obverse of 1786 New Jersey Copper - Maris 6-D     Reverse of 1786 New Jersey Copper - Maris 6-D

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

VF-20 (illustrated above).  Ex - Washington State Coin Auction - San Diego Show, Inc. Auction Company, August 31, 1990, Lot 2456 - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 1032, where it was described as follows: "Maris 6-D Rarity-1 VF20. Sharpness ten points better with a dull dent on the shield under U causing a slight bulge on the horse's mouth. Glossy dark chocolate brown. The planchet is decent but does show extremely fine granularity under magnification. Late die state with the 87 weak and a strong die crack at the bottom of the shield. Comes with an ANACS photo grading certificate as VF. Weight 149.8 grains."

Obverse of 1786 New Jersey Copper - Maris 6-D      Reverse of 1786 New Jersey Copper - Maris 6-D

Images courtesy of Ron Guth