139.8 grains. It is a worn numismatic cliché that sometimes the opportunity to buy a coin is rarer than the coin itself, and this variety represents just such a circumstance. Of the nine examples enumerated in the SHI Condition Census, only three have ever sold at auction: the finest known, ex Garrett:1432, now in strong private hands; the Kissner-Taylor coin; and the lowest ranked example on this list, the Maris plate coin, which later appeared in Garrett, Sherr, Resigno, and Henry Garrett. The Ford piece, a choice About Good, brought $7200 in 2003. Aside from the Garrett EF and the Garrett Good, which bookend the list of the top nine examples, every other piece is listed as Fine. Surely this example fits among them somewhere, but having never sold publicly a coin-to-coin comparison is impossible. This piece shows fairly strong details, not quite as sharp as Taylor's, but the horsehead, shield, legends, and date are complete. The surfaces are lightly granular dark brown, with a natural planchet clip left of the date. A few old scratches are present at central obverse, and the number "20" has been penned in black ink in the right obverse field. We note a little rim nick over RE of CAESAREA and another dull nick in the middle of the shield. The die rotation is perhaps 20 degree left of true coin turn. The die state is early, before the N of NOVA lost its detail and was later recut, equivalent to SHI Die State 1. This obverse is distinctive in the New Jersey series, crude and poorly designed, yet the reverse is about as commonplace as a New Jersey reverse can be. Mr. Craige knew of just three specimens, calling this "RRR! Finest known of 3; Maris Plate coin has unrecognizable obverse!" While there are more examples known now, this probably still shows the dies better than most of them.
From the Ted L. Craige Collection. Paper envelope with attribution notation included.