Lot #13. 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Pine Tree Shilling. Large Planchet. W-700, Noe-2, Crosby 4-F. URS-7. N Reversed. MS-61 (NGC).
The September 2009 Philadelphia Rarities Sale - 9/22/2009
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70.4 grains. The planchet is clipped at the upper right and lower left obverse borders with the tops of the peripheral letters on both sides being off the flan in those areas. This was almost certainly done in the Boston Mint to reduce the weight of the planchet and bring it within the acceptable range of tolerance. The coin is overall smoky-gray in tone with hints of underlying deep-golden color. The pine tree is strong and the fields are free of marks. The denomination and date on the reverse are likewise sharp. A minor planchet flaw (as struck) at 8 o'clock on the obverse border is noted.
This is the so-called Straight Tree variety, named because the branches of the tree are rigid and extend diagonally upward. A scarce die marriage, Noe-2 has an extant population in all grades of fewer than 65 coins. Mint State pieces are in the distinct minority among the coins in numismatic hands.