Undated Threepence Higley Copper


Undated Threepence Higley Copper

Undated Threepence Higley Copper

Freidus 4-C

W-8295

Estimated Survivors: 1 Known
Obverse Text: THE • WHEELE • GOES • ROUND •
Reverse Text: J • CUT • MY • WAY • THROUGH
What to Look For: This piece is unique, meaning there is only a single coin known to experts. This coin sold in Bowers & Ruddy’s October, 1980 Auction of the Garrett Collection, and in Stack’s December, 1983 Auction of the John R. Roper, 2nd Collection.

Obverse Design:

The obverse of the coin shows a 12 spoked wheel in the center, with the text surrounding in the outer border. A pointing hand sits at the bottom of the coin and points to the word THE.

Reverse Design:

A large broad axe is in the center of the coin with text surrounding. The blade of the axe is touching the outer circular border of the coin. The pointing finger symbol is positioned at the bottom of the coin pointing to the letter J.

Helpful Tips for Identifying the W-8295, Freidus 4-C Variety:

The obverse of the coin displays a new motif, in a rare departure from the standing deer imagery used on all other Higley Coppers. The reverse of the coin is what allows us to qualify this as a Higley Copper, since it makes use of the broad axe and the phrase J CUT MY WAY THROUGH.

View W-8295 Higley Copper Auction Results

The example to the left was sold by Stack's Bowers Galleries in the John L. Roper, 2nd Collection of Colonial and Early American Coins, where it realized $60,500.

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