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1760 VOCE POPULI - NELSON 3

Rarity: Common

Variety equivalents:
Zelinka 7-E, Dowle & Finn 573 (VOCE), Dowle & Finn 574 (VOOE)

Diameter:  millimeters

Metal content:

Observed weights: grains

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None

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

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-64 Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Paul Arthur Norris - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 33, illustrated, where it was described as follows: ""VOOE POPULI". PCGS graded MS-64 Brown. Perhaps the very finest known of the issue, this coin boasts not only a bold strike but also very pleasing color and surfaces. Better than the Garrett or Norweb examples, as well as the Roper EF (lot 159) which wasn't photographed in that sale. PCGS has graded one as high as MS-62, and above only this specimen as a near gem MS-64. The dies show minor roughness at the centers, particularly on the reverse. Struck on a very nice planchet, and well enough preserved to retain a trace of mint red near the lettering and devices. A simply magnificent example of this popular variety and one of the highlights of this specialized collection.
The VOOE error appears to be an engraving mistake, the "C" was first engraved upside down perhaps rather than a "die break" as noted in most prior offerings of this variety. If one studies the width and proportion of the additional area which closes the "C", it appears to be that type of error rather than any sort of die break.
These were thought to have been coined in Ireland, and intended for circulation there, but ended up circulating along the eastern shores of America after speculators bought them up and shipped them to these shores."

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-53 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale, Part 1, February 16, 18-20, 2001 - offered on eBay (#1254969783 ending July 22, 2001) by Central Jersey Rare Coins - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 34

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Descriptions Of Die Varieties" by Zelinka, The Colonial Newsletter, October 1976, pages 559-564

Obverse of Voce Populi - Nelson 3     Reverse of Voce Populi - Nelson 3

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

Obverse of Voce Populi - Nelson 3      Reverse of Voce Populi - Nelson 3

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions