Lot #9. 1787 Nova Eborac Copper. Seated Figure Facing Left. W-5755, Breen-986. URS-10. Medium Bust. AU-55 (PCGS). CAC.
The January 2010 Orlando Rarities Sale - 1/5/2010
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A remarkably attractive example of the type, this coin possesses the smoothest surfaces that this cataloger has ever seen in a Nova Eborac Copper. Neither side reveals so much as a single detracting blemish, to include both as-struck planchet flaws and post-production abrasions or other distractions. The strike is also impressive, being remarkably well centered with a full date at the lower-reverse border. (According to Q. David Bowers in the 2009 book Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins, only 20% of W-5755 examples, "show the full date boldly visible.") Warm, even, sandy-brown patina throughout, the exceptional eye appeal a fitting counterpart to the extraordinary technical quality. A coin that would serve as a highlight in the finest collection of Colonial-era copper.