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Obverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 46-e     Reverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 46-e

  
1787 NEW JERSEY COPPER -
MARIS 46-e

Rarity: Very Common

Variety equivalents: Breen 909

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

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1787 Maris 45-e 
1787 Maris 47-e 
1787 Maris 47-e 

The top ten examples known of this variety include the following:
UNC
UNC
UNC
UNC (Steinberg)
AU (Spiro)
AU (Bareford)
AU (Henry Garrett)
AU (O'Donnell)
AU
EF+

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Significant examples:
PCGS AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 14, 2000, Lot 1005, "An absolutely gorgeous example of this variety with a bold strike, full details, and a rich, olive-brown color. The obverse shows moderate to heavy die-clashing as is typical of this variety. Both sides show negligible traces of wear and super-glossy surfaces. The overall eye appeal is excellent, making this one of the better known examples of Maris 46-e. A wonderful coin for the advanced variety specialist. This is the fourth finest out of 81 examples of the Plain Shield, Small Planchet varieties that have been graded so far by PCGS!"

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. "The Benson Collection, Part III", February 24-25, 2003, Lot 23, illustrated, not attributed, sold for $1,207.50

PCGS AU-50 (illustrated below).  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "Pre-Long Beach Sale", February 7-8, 2000, Lot 1495, "PCGS AU-50" - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 26, where it was described as follows: "1787 New Jersey Maris 46-e R1 PCGS AU50 Choice uniform glossy medium brown. There is some very minor pre-striking roughness in the planchet under P in PLURIBUS but overall the surfaces are very nice.  MDS with obvious swelling severely weakening the 17 in the date.", sold for $1,265.00 "to the book"

"AU-50".  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1025, plated, where it was described as follows: "1787 New Jersey Maris 46-e Rarity-1 AU50. Choice glossy medium brown. Struck very slightly off center to K-10, otherwise virtually perfect. MDS. A truly choice New Jersey colonial. Weight 148.5 grains."

"Choice Extremely Fine" (illustrated below).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, April 21, 2001, Lot 1070, where it was described as follows: "1787 NJ Copper, Pronounced Outline to Shield, Maris 46-e, Choice Extremely Fine.  143.1 grains. Glossy, light tan surfaces. The obverse shows the usual bulging and clashing expected on this variety. This beauty has hardly any wear at all." - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1411

"Choice About Extremely Fine" (illustrated below).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, April 21, 2001, Lot 1071, where it was described as follows: "1787 NJ Copper, Pronounced Outline to Shield, Maris 46-e, Choice About Extremely Fine.  143.9 grains. Lovely milk brown color and choice surfaces for the grade. Normal bulging and clashing on the obverse, but you can still make out most of the date."

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1025, plated, where it was described as follows: "1787 New Jersey Maris 46-e Rarity-1 PCGS graded Extremely Fine-40. Choice glossy medium brown. Free of any marks, spots, or planchet flaws. Struck very slightly off center to K-8.5. LDS. A choice example."

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

"New Jersey Coppers, Part 56: Maris 39-a, 43-Y, 43-d, 45-e and 46-e" by Ray Williams, PENNY-WISE, May 2002

    

PCGS AU-50
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1787 NJ Copper - Maris 46-e Obverse    1787 NJ Copper - Maris 46-e Reverse
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Obverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 46-e     Reverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 46-e

"Choice Extremely Fine"
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Obverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 46-e     Reverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 46-e

"Choice About Extremely Fine"
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Obverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 46-e     Reverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 46-e

Early die state
Images courtesy of Clem Schettino