1788 NEW JERSEY COPPER -
(now known as Maris 77-dd Type II)
The obverse die of this variety comes in three distinct die states:
Type I - 1788 Maris 77-dd. This
has a perfect obverse, with no crack running through the horse's head.
Type II - formerly known as 1788 Maris 77½-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
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 77½-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..."