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1785 NOVA CONSTELLATIO COPPER -
Crosby 3-B

Obverse of 1785 Nova Constellatio Copper - Crosby 3-B      Reverse of 1785 Nova Constellatio Copper - Crosby 3-B

Early Die State
Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Recent appearances:
"Uncirculated".  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1367, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1785 Nova Constellatio Copper, Pointed Rays/ "CONSTELLATIO," Crosby 3-B, Gem Uncirculated.  105.5 grains.  This is a near-perfect example of the variety, showing some of the nicest, most appealing color and luster that we've ever seen on a Nova Constellatio Copper. Both sides of this coin have a rich, "cartwheel" luster that rotates as the coin is turned under a light source. The coloring consists of a glittering mix of reds, golds, and orange-browns, all blending to create a stunning visual impact. The dies are of the late state normally associated with this variety, showing rusting in the rays and stars on the obverse and the die break in the wreath above the date. This is a potential candidate for the Finest Example known of the variety. We've been dealing in Colonial coins for over 25 years now and we've never seen anything better."

(illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 1014

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 14, 2000, Lot 984

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1011, plated, where it was described as follows: "1785 Nova Constellatio Crosby 3-B Rarity-1 PCGS graded Extremely Fine-45. Pointed Rays. Glossy medium brown and chocolate. The planchet is smooth and problem-free. The only notable mark is a small rim nick left of the date."

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 52, illustrated

"Extremely Fine".  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1368, "Struck from a late, rusted state of the dies. Very well-preserved but the left side of the obverse has a hit right at the edge of the rim. Excellent color and having a nice strike and smooth, hard surfaces and overall eye appeal."

"Sharpness of EF-40, but porous and a small rim cut" (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 53, illustrated

Notes:
The obverse die of this variety was also used on:
1785 Immune Columbia obverse, where the die began in nearly perfect condition.  

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1785 Nova Constelatio Crosby 1-B

Obverse of 1785 Nova Constellatio Copper - Crosby 3-B     Reverse of 1785 Nova Constellatio Copper - Crosby 3-B

Late Die State
Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.