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1723 ROSA AMERICANA TWOPENCE

   
Variety CF 1-A

Obverse: Leaf points between AG, hair curl close to G, dot after REX
Reverse: Cross below RI, bottom trefoil points to dot, rim crumbling beneath UTIL

Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence     Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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"Choice Uncirculated."  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 13, 2001, Lot 1136, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1723 Rosa Americana Twopence, Choice Uncirculated.    209.7 grains. This choice example has a lovely, olive-brown color, sharp details, near-perfect centering, and a slightly matte texture that is both original and attractive. No "pesting" or corrosion anywhere; the Bath metal remains essentially as it was on the day this coin was struck. At the bottom of the reverse, a die cud awaits the variety collector." - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, April 20, 2002, Lot 902

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Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence     Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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PCGS Extremely Fine-45.  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, April 21, 2001, Lot 1029, where it was described as follows: "1723 Rosa Americana Twopence, PCGS graded Extremely Fine-45.  The micro-porous surfaces on both sides have a soft, matte appearance and muted luster. The details easily support the grade and even a higher one) and the surfaces lack the heavy voids and impairments often seen on this type."
   

  
CF 2-B

Obverse: Dot after REX, crowded against the tip of the bust, leaf points to center of A, hair curl touches G, raised die chips in right field
Reverse: Cross touches right base of C, lower trefoil points to dot and nearly touches scroll

Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence     Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s 1999 ANA Signature Sale, August 11-13, 1999, Lot 5011, "MS-60", 15.72 grams, realized $1,495.00
  

  
CF 3-C

Obverse: Dot after REX, leaf points between A and G, hair curl by G poorly formed, unusual-shaped G's
Reverse: Cross centered below I, lower trefoil points to dot and nearly touches scroll

Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence     Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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

PCGS AU-55 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 12 at $1,437.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "1723 Rosa Americana Twopence. PCGS graded AU-55. Stop after X, not after 3. William Wood owned tin and copper mines in England. Using his considerable political clout, Wood obtained a patent authorizing him to coin up to 100 tons of base metal (from his mines) for use in the American plantations. To keep the coins from circulating at home in England, the patent authorized them to be lighter in metal content than the current denominations in England. The coins were struck from 75% copper, 24.7% zinc and .3% silver, which is a form of brass.  The surfaces of this piece are quite nice, there is a very minor planchet flaw below the chin, and a short planchet fissure at 7 o'clock on the obverse that goes through to the reverse. Brassy brown in color, with excellent striking definition on King George's hair."  Note: this image appeared incorrectly over Lot 9 in the sale catalogue.

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"About Uncirculated."  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, October 13, 2001, Lot 1137, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1723 Rosa Americana Twopence, About Uncirculated, clipped planchet.    225.5 grains. Delightful, chocolate brown colors and nice, reasonably glossy surfaces. Well struck and nicely detailed, with no areas of weakness on either side. Error collectors will appreciate this piece because of the straight edge clip that runs from 12:00 to 2:00 on the obverse. We rarely see errors on Rosa Americana coins, which are some of the best made Colonials around."
  

 
CF 4-D

Obverse: Dot after REX, leaf points to center of G
Reverse: Cross just left of center of I and nearly touches

Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence     Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 8, where it was described as follows: "1723 Rosa Americana Twopence Crowned Rose Breen-92 PCGS AU-50. Slightly glossy dark olive brown. Free of any notable defects. The planchet is relatively smooth for 'Bath metal' although you can see a uniform microscopic granularity under very strong magnification. As Breen noted, "Even uncirculated pieces will sometimes show dark patina or porosity..."
  

  
CF 5-E

Obverse: No dot after REX, leaf points to left leg of A
Reverse: Cross below right leg of R, lower trefoil points to dot, UTILE DULCI appear as one word with dot between

Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence     Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1340, where it was described as follows: "1723 Rosa Americana Twopence, PCGS graded About Uncirculated-58.    Lovely, biscuit-brown with underlying original golden colors scattered within the legends and devices, both obverse and reverse. Very well struck and free of the planchet flaws, cracks, and voids that so often plague these issues. A premium quality piece, perfect for type purposes and a likely candidate for resubmission (and regrade) as we can find no actual wear on this specimen, even on the high points."
  

  
CF 6-F

Obverse: No dot after REX, leaf points to right leg of A
Reverse: 

Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence     Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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"VF-25".  Ex - Superior Stamp & Coin's "The ANA 2000 National Money Show Auction", March 2-3, 2000, Lot 4, "Breen-96 Without Stops at X or 3...Weight 233.5 grains."
  

 
CF 7-G

Obverse: No dot after REX, leaf points to right leg of A
Reverse: Cross below RI, Round dots (instead of curls) at the tips of the scroll

Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence     Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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"Uncirculated."  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, June 9, 2001, Lot 1226, where it was described as follows: "1723 Rosa Americana Twopence, Uncirculated.  213.9 grains. Subtle olive-brown colors, no traces of wear, and a decent, slightly off-center strike. The planchet itself is slightly porous, but this was a characteristic inherent in the planchet before the coin was struck. As it stands, this is a completely original, problem-free example and a wonderful representative of this Colonial type."

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 23, illustrated (attribution determined by image comparisons - RG)
    

CF 8-H

Obverse: Dot after REX, top of head distant from legend
Reverse: Cross below I, Curls at the tips of the scroll, date distant from legend (compare with Reverse C)

Obverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence Reverse of 1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II", February 18-19, 2002, Lot 3
   

Other recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 11 at $1,150.00, "214.3 grains . . . sharply struck with clean surfaces"