The deep golden-brown surfaces are somewhat rough, as is typical of nearly all known examples, and heavy scratches that are evidently intentional -- perhaps a collector of yesteryear tried to discredit the piece -- can be seen at the center on both sides. Portions of the design are illegible due to wear and strike, and an attempted puncture on the date-side (the obverse to most of us) shows through to the reverse as a flat spot. Little if any true background is known about the 1786-dated Nova Constellatio variety, but it is collected avidly by specialists in the series, that is on those rare occasions when an example of this rarity comes up for sale. As noted in the Guide Book, this enigmatic issue, not a part of the true series of 1783 and 1785, was "made by an inferior die sinker;" Breen's catch-all for the variety is an "Uncertain American Mint," and he empirically states it is not a product of one of the Bungtown mints owing to the finer details that characterize this type. We suspect the coin offered here will see spirited bidding activity, especially from those who missed an opportunity the last time an example of this rare prize came up for auction.