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Obverse of 1788 New Jersey Copper - Maris 77-dd     Reverse of 1788 New Jersey Copper - Maris 77-dd

  
1788 NEW JERSEY COPPER -
MARIS 77-dd Type I

Rarity: Common

Variety equivalents: Breen 953

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 Early American History Auctions

Recent appearances:
VF-20 (illustrated above).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 14, 2000, Lot 1008

"Fine, some details of Very Fine.  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1418, where it was described as follows: "1788 NJ Copper, Maris 77-dd, "Running Fox," Fine, some details of Very Fine.  132.0 grains. Rarity 2 (Common). Olive-brown, with obverse scratches and both sides with somewhat rough surfaces."

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