ST. PATRICK FARTHING IN COPPER
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles
In the February 2005 issue of NUMISMATIST (page 63), William Anton offered
a Mark Newbie Farthing for $365,000.00, describing it as follows: "Pattern,
completely hand-cut dies, struck on oversized planchet stock. Gem
Uncirculated with 65% mint red."
PCGS EF-40. Ex - Ira & Larry
Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection -
Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4, bought back at $1,380.00, "Typical weak
PCGS VF-30 (illustrated above). Ex -
Ira S. Reed, June 21, 1944 at $3.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s
"The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20,
2001, Lot 5 at $1,207.00, where it was described as follows: "St. Patrick
Copper "Farthing". PCGS graded VF-30. The obverse design of
St. Patrick holding a harp, with crown above, reverse of St. Patrick
holding a cross, with church behind, and administering to various sea
creatures. QUIESCAT PLEBS on reverse refers to "let the commoners
be quiet" a reference to authorities desire to quiet the
embarrassing political songs and verses commonly sung by the populace.
Known as "Newby's coppers" after he brought over large numbers
for circulation in the Quaker Colony of New Jersey in America. Choice
chocolate brown in color, with the familiar large brass splasher on the
crown (used to represent the gold in the crown rule), the splasher was
put onto the planchet before striking. Minor surface fissures on the
obverse, and this may have been struck by roller dies. Problem free for
the issue, and desirable."
About Very Fine (1670-1674) St.
Patrick Farthing. Ex - Stack's 65th Anniversary Sale, October
17-19, 2000, Lot 2, "84.7 grains...some surface porosity" @ $690.00
"Fine to Very Fine". Ex - George Bauer
"Auction XVII", December 15, 1945, sold for $4.50 - John Jay
Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "John Jay Pittman Collection
- Part One", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 112, not illustrated, "Breen
212...85.5 grains...considerable porosity and irregularity near the rim."
(illustrated below). Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "2000
Santa Clara" Sale, November 16-17, 2000, part of Lot 5002