1788 NEW JERSEY COPPER -
MARIS 77-dd Type I
Variety equivalents: Breen 953
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 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 Early
American History Auctions
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
"Walter Breen's Complete
Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen