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Obverse of 1788 New Jersey Copper - Maris 77-1/2-dd      Reverse of 1788 New Jersey Copper - Maris 77-1/2-dd

  
1788 NEW JERSEY COPPER -
MARIS 77-dd
(now known as Maris 77-dd Type II)

Rarity: Extremely Rare

Notes:
The obverse die of this variety comes in three distinct die states:
Type I - 1788 Maris 77-dd.  This type has a perfect obverse, with no crack running through the horse's head.
Type II - formerly known as 1788 Maris 77-dd.  This type shows a raised scar going through the horse head from about one-third of the way down the horse's mane through the scroll under the horse head just left of center.  On high grade examples, the scar appears to be a row of denticles, possibly caused by contact with another die.  The reverse die shows no breaks.
Type III - formerly known as 1788 Maris 78-dd.  This type has both the scar and a straight, diagonal line that runs from 9:00 to 12:00, just skimming the horse's mane.  The reverse die shows a crack along the left side of the shield.

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Significant examples:
PCGS AU-50 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 72, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Maris 77-dd. PCGS graded AU-50. A rare and desirable coin in this grade, the running fox variety is quite scarce and seen on only one reverse die, with a small fox left of the E of E PLURIBUS. The surfaces are a dark brown, and display minor roughness visible with a glass. Glossy and evenly toned..."

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