1786 NEW JERSEY COPPER -
Rarity: Very Scarce
Variety equivalents: Breen
This was the only use of the obverse die.
The reverse die of this
variety was also used on:
1786 Maris 18-N
1786 Maris 21-N
Images courtesy of Early
American History Auctions, Inc.
PCGS XF-40 (illustrated above). Ex - Early American History
Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, April 21, 2001, Lot 1066, where it was
described as follows: "1786 NJ Copper, Wide Shield, Maris 20-N,
PCGS graded XF-40. 164.8 grains. Dark brown and tan. Except
for some light, scattered surface granularity, this is glossy enough to
be considered desirable. Plenty of detail and a nice overall appearance
make this an attractive piece for the advanced collector."- Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s
Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1407
"Fine". Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s
Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1408, where it was described as
follows: "1786 NJ Copper, Wide Shield, Maris 20-N, Fine.
147.0 grains. Rarity 4 (Very Scarce). A somewhat "banged-up"
example, with dark brown surfaces turning to olive near the outer edges.
The date is weak but most of the other details are clearly
Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete
Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen