1737 Higley Copper


1737 Higley Copper

1737 Higley Copper

Freidus 3.1-C

W-8245

Estimated Survivors: 6 Known
Obverse Text: VALUE • ME • AS • YOU • PLEASE • III
Reverse Text: J • CUT • MY • WAY • THROUGH •
What to Look For: This Broad Axe reverse lacks the typical date at the bottom. We also note the die crack on the reverse running across the T of THROUGH. Only 4 are held in private hands.

Obverse Design:

The obverse of the coin shows a deer facing the left side of the coin. In a circle around the deer is the text listed above. Centered in ornamentation at the bottom of the coin are III Roman Numerals. A pointing hand is located to the left of the 3 Roman Numerals, pointing to the word VALVE. To the right of the 3 Roman Numerals is a star symbol. A crescent moon is located beneath the Roman Numerals.

Reverse Design:

A broad axe is shown in the center with the blade facing the left side of the coin and the handle faceing the right side of the coin. Text surrounds in a circle and a small beaded boarder is shown on the outermost edge of the coin.

Helpful Tips for Identifying the W-8245, Freidus 3.1-C Variety:

This is the first use of the broad axe reverse design as opposed to the three small crowned hammers. The broad axe blade is adjacent to the inner circle. Later examples of that feature the broad axe set the axe more toward the center of the coin. Although this type was produced in 1737, there is no date on the coin.

1737 higley copper freidus 3.1-c, w-8245 diagnostic photo

1737 Higley Copper, Freidus-3.1-C, W-8245
Blade of the broad axe is nearly touching the circle
1739 higley copper freidus 3.2-d, w-8265 diagnostic photo

1739 Higley Copper, Freidus-3.2-D, W-8265
Blade of the broad axe is centered in the circle

View W-8265 Higley Copper Auction Results

The example to the left was sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries in the Archangel Collection of Colonial Coins and 1792 Coinage, where it realized $28,800.
 

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