1788 New Jersey Copper, Maris 67-v, Very Fine, bold and a perfect type coin!
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1788 New JerseyCopper. Maris 67-v. Rarity-1. Very Fine/Choice Very Fine, the reverse a tad sharper than the obverse which is always the case for this variety. The obverse is well struck, the legend full, the date strong and the horse showing the eye and mane detail expected for a VF coin. The planchet on this side appears rough at first glance, but that is actually from impurities in the copper itself, and is due to micro-striations. The reverse is bold, with the legend crisp, and every line within the shield in medallic relief. Unlike the obverse, this side has surfaces that are quite hard and glossy, with just one tiny area of striae visible to the left of the shield. The difference in strike AND surface quality is probably explained by the reverse being the lower die in the press when these were struck – the reverse received more of the pressure from the strike as a result, enough to eradicate nearly all the striations that would have been on that side of the planchet as well as adding to the strength of the device. A very pleasing example – if the obverse surfaces were just a tad more smooth this would have been a piece that made it into an EF slab with no problem, though we think it falls just short of that grade level. Still, difficult to improve upon, and a coin the specialist will enjoy. The Condition Census by Roger... read more