1787 MASSACHUSETTES ONE CENT - ARROWS IN LEFT TALON - 1250+ KNOWN

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  • Item Category: Coins & Currency
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 19, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House

You are bidding on a 1787 MASSACHUSETTS ONE CENT COPPER coin. It is my opinion this COLONIAL coin is in VERY GOOD condition. This has a maximum coinage rating of RARITY 1 . The RARITY 1 class has about 1250 or more known coins of this specific die combination, (obverse and reverse). That makes this coin rare.

Just for comparison, the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent had 484,000 coins minted. These MASSACHUSETTS ONE CENT COPPER coins are very rare!! The rarity or the amount of these COLONIAL coins struck is not printed in the REDBOOK , and goes vitrually unnoticed by most coin collectors and dealers.

MASSACHUSETTS ONE CENT COPPER coins were made over 220 years ago, by a screw press. This type of coin press was so hard on the coin dies (or molds), that they would only last about 1250 or more coins, before the obverse or reverse die would break. Then the broken, or cracked die would have to be replaced, creating a new die combination of a different MASSACHUSETTS ONE CENT COPPER.

This is one of the reasons why this makes these COLONIAL coins so numismatically special!

These COLONIAL coppers were made before the United States started minting the first US coins in 1793.

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