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Obverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 54-k     Reverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 54-k

  
1787 NEW JERSEY COPPER -
MARIS 54-k

Rarity: Scarce

Variety equivalents: Breen 914

Notes:
This was the only use of the obverse and reverse dies.

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions, Inc.

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
"Choice About Uncirculated" (illustrated above).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, December 9, 2000, Lot 875, where it was described as follows: "1787 NJ Copper, "Serpent Head," Maris 54-k, Choice About Uncirculated.  150.0 grains. One of the most popular of all the New Jersey varieties, easily discerned at a glance, and here in a simply wonderful state of preservation. The detailing on this coin is crisp and bold, with every fine detail clearly defined. The color is an absolutely choice, light brown and the surfaces are nice and smooth. However, like most Colonial coins, this one possesses some defects that require mention. Most important is a large, ragged void at the top of the obverse which goes right through to the other side. Another flat void appears on the lower left reverse and there are some lamination streaks scattered about. All of these defects are natural and the coin is completely original in every respect. A great coin with lots of character!"

PCGS VF-35 (illustrated below).  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "Pre-Long Beach Sale", February 7-8, 2000, Lot 1496

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 54-K     Reverse of 1787 New Jersey Copper - Maris 54-K

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin