1737 Threepence Higley Copper
Estimated Survivors: 2 Known
Obverse Design: “THE. VALVE. OF. THREE. PENCE” 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. A pointing hand is centered at the bottom of the coin, pointing to the word THE.
Reverse Design: “CONNECTICVT 1737” This design shows three crowned small hammers centered on the coin. Text surrounds the design and a star hallmark is placed to the left of the date, directly before the C of CONNECTICVT.
Helpful Tips for Identifying the W-8190, Freidus 1.1-A Variety: When looking at the obverse of the coin, we note that the ground that the deer is standing on lines up with the tip of the N in PENCE. The period following PENCE is located to the outside edge of the deer’s left rear foot, as opposed to being in line with the leg. On the reverse, the three crowned hammers are centered on the coin, with the bottom right hammer aligning over the second 7 in 1737. This variety also featured the aforementioned star hallmark to the left of the date.
The example to the left is from Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2010 Sale of The Eliasberg & Krause Collections, where it sold for $47,725. Images courtesy of PCGS TrueView.