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Obverse of 1786 New Jersey Copper - Maris 8-F     Reverse of 1786 New Jersey Copper - Maris 8-F


1786 NEW JERSEY COPPER - 
MARIS 8-F

Rarity: Extremely Rare

Variety equivalents: Breen 881

Notes:
This was the only use of the obverse die.

This was the only use of the reverse die.

According to Bill Anton, owner of the finest known example: "This legendary coin was lacking in the collection of F.C.C. Boyd, Louis Eliasberg, Harry Bass, Norweb and every other great collection dating back to the beginning of coin auction sales over the past 125 years.  It is lacking in all 140 private New Jersey copper cent collections presently in existence, and is absent also from the holdings of the American Numismatic Society, the American Numismatic Association, and even the National Collection of the Smithsonian Institution.  Indeed, this great coin was even lacking from the 1914 American Numismatic Society Conference Exhibition display which involved more than 32 of America's most important numismatists displaying their most important treasures.  And, yes, for most of the modern collecting era, this great coin has been the Red Book plate coin."

Images courtesy of Stack's

Known examples:
"EF".  Mickley:2476 - Bushnell:920 - Mill: 379 - Parmelee:372 - Ten Eyck:762 - Newcomer:2948 - Ellsworth - John Work Garrett:1393, "...116.4 grains...", sold for $52,000.00 - Bill Anton, offered on the December 2004 issue of NUMISMATIST in a full page ad at an undisclosed price

"VF+" (illustrated above).  Ex - English museum - Roper, Lot 299, illustrated, "...125.8 grains...", sold for $41,800

James Goudge, 127.5 grains.

Other examples exist

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