Mr. Craige avidly pursued this issue and its 1793 RF countermarks, more feverishly than anyone else since Bob Vlack's serial in The Colonial Newsletter first began in the Oct-Dec 1961 issue. Mr. Craige was a missionary for the series, getting Phil Keller to start collecting them, but he could not convert most. The die varieties of these coppers, more properly American by adoption than intent, have languished in anonymity to the present day. We hope there are a few hearty collectors who are intrigued by a thorough collection of these pieces, and perhaps one or more may pick up where Vlack left off and fully publish the currently known dies. Included in this collection are undoubtedly many rarities, though their rarity is unappreciated by most. Further, many nice coins will greet those who take the time to view these pieces in person. The Vlack system designated a Crosby-style obverse (number) to reverse (letter) marriage, with a parenthetical designation on the counterstamp varieties. Vlack 1-A seems most common, as this collection contains 12 of them. However, every one is counterstamped, so perhaps it is rare uncountermarked. Much research remains!
The varieties included are: No Counterstamp: Vlack 3-C, Fine-15, light brown with a deep dig atop the reverse and some obverse scrapes, ex. John J. Ford, Jr.; Vlack 10-S, VG-10, granular light brown; Vlack 11-K, VF-20, two-tone brown and tan with rough surfaces; Vlack 14-E, VG-8, choice light brown with a reverse rim bruise; Vlack 17-B, Fine-12, nice light brown; Vlack 18-N, VG-7, a dark and scruffy looking contemporary cast circulating counterfeit; Vlack 20-F, F-15, pleasing light brown; Vlack 21-O, VF-20, glossy tan surfaces and a couple scrapes at central obverse; "New per Vlack, Hold on for future attribution," VG-8, glossy medium brown with some pits and marks; RF Counterstamp: Vlack 1-A (A), VF-35, attractive medium brown, ex. New Netherlands' 56th sale, lot 9; Vlack 1-A (A), VF-25, glossy light brown; Vlack 1-A (B), EF-40, handsome dark mahogany with some obverse verdigris, ex. Bob Vlack; Vlack 1-A (C), VF-25, glossy light brown; Vlack 1-A (D), EF-40, dark mahogany with some verdigris on both sides, ex. John J. Ford, Jr.; Vlack 1-A (E), VF-25, two-tone black and tan with some pin scratches at central reverse; Vlack 1-A (G), EF-40, glossy chestnut brown; Vlack 1-A (G), VF-30, two-tone mahogany and tan, ex. John J. Ford, Jr.; Vlack 1-A (I), VF-30, granular mahogany and tan; Vlack 1-A (J), VF-30, brown and tan with some granularity, from William Hesslein on June 20, 1913-Hillyer Ryder with Ryder's square ticket; Vlack 1-A (K), VF-30, nice light brown with some specks of verdigris on obverse; Vlack 1-A (O), Fine-15, tan and black; Vlack 2-B (A), Fine-15, slightly granular mahogany and tan; Vlack 2-B (D), VF-25, mottled chestnut brown with obverse roughness, from our (Stack's) sale of the R.E. Cox, Jr. Collection, April 1962, lot 115b, earlier, from the [Henry?] Hines collection; Vlack 2-B (E), Fine-12, granular light brown; Vlack 2-B (G), VF-25, nice light brown with traces of rougness; Vlack 3-C (D), VF-20, nice light brown, counterstamp rotated 90 degrees; Vlack 3-C (E), VF-35, choice dark chocolate brown; Vlack 3-C (G), Fine-12, light brown with some faint reverse scratches and impressive reverse planchet flaws; Vlack 3-C (G), A plain-edged soft-metal (lead?) cast copy; Vlack 3-C (J), VF-20, unevenly struck, light brown with some shallow scale; Vlack 3-C (O), VG-10, nice light brown; Vlack 4-D (B), VF-20, nice light brown, counterstamp a bit off-center, ex. New Netherlands' 56th sale, lot 9; Vlack 4-D (C), VF-30, nice chocolate brown, planchet cracked at 9 o'clock, ex. John J. Ford, Jr.; Vlack 4-D (G), VF-30, glossy medium brown, speck of verdigris inside counterstamp; Vlack 5-E (D), VF-25, tan with roughened ruddy patina, counterstamp off-center too high, ex. Robert Vlack; Vlack 5-E (E), VG-10, glossy tan, obverse scratch; Vlack 5-E (F), VF-25, glossy medium brown with some scattered pits; Vlack 5-E (G), EF-40, nice dark chocolate brown with a few rim nicks; Vlack 5-E (O), VG-10, glossy light brown, ex. John J. Ford, Jr.; Vlack 6-F (?), EF-40, choice glossy chocolate brown, counterstamp a bit off-center; Vlack 16-F (G), Fine-15, chocolate brown, scattered digs, especially on reverse; Vlack 19-E (D), VF-35, chocolate brown with some verdigris, planchet cracked at 2 o'clock.
From the Ted L. Craige Collection. Paper envelopes with attribution and pedigree notes included.