1739 Higley Copper


1739 Higley Copper

1739 Higley Copper

Freidus 3.2-D

W-8265

Estimated Survivors: 7 Known
Obverse Text: VALVE • ME • AS • YOU • PLEASE • III
Reverse Text: J • CUT • MY • WAY • THROUGH • 1739
What to Look For: With the change of the date came the change of the reverse design. We now see a Broad Axe on the reverse instead of the three smallers Axes. Of the 1739 year, there are approximatly 20 examples known.

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 large broad axe is in the center of the coin with text surrounding. The blade of the axe is towards the center of the coin and the date is placed at the bottom edge of the coin.

Helpful Tips for Identifying the W-8265, Freidus 3.2-D Variety:

The positioning of the antlers on the obverse of the coin is the same as W-8255 and W-8260. On the reverse, the broad axe is placed towards the center of the coin. This is in contrast to previous varieties, like W-8260, where the axe has touched the circular border. At the bottom of the coin is the date 1739.

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 Sydney F. Martin Collection, Part I, where it realized $72,000.
 

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