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COLONIAL COINS - AMERICAN PLANTATIONS TOKEN
c. 1688 AMERICAN PLANTATIONS TOKEN - ORIGINAL
Variety equivalents:
Breen 77
Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above). Ex - Paul Arthur Norris - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 20, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "PCGS graded MS-62. These were struck for circulation in the New England and New York areas, which at the time of issue (around 1688), were plantation colonies of England. They were coined at the Tower Mint in London, using at least six obverse dies and seven reverse dies. Coinage weights were uncertain, but evidently these were struck at 50 to the pound, and worth the stated value of 1/24 of a Spanish Real. Later they were changed into "Proclamation Money" where they were worth 1 Farthings, and often circulated at double face value in the Colonies. All examples are rare, and most show the familiar "tin pesting" as seen here, despite being of mint state quality. PCGS has graded only 6 coins this high, and none higher, making this as nice as these are ever found. An important, and rare colonial issue for the specialist...This particular coin is an original example, and shows no trace of the obverse die break."
PCGS MS-62 (illustrated below -- mis-attributed as a "Sideways 4" variety). Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23 & 24, 2002, Lot 21, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "PCGS graded MS-62. As nice as this issue is ever found, the surfaces show only the slightest tin pesting which appears as roughness. The original tin planchet shows bright white areas in the protected areas of the devices and lettering, with the open fields and upper devices a light gray color. Sharply struck and well preserved for the issue."
Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-60. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 8 at $1,725.00, where it was described as follows: "(1688) James II Plantation Token tin farthing. PCGS graded MS-60. These tokens were the first coinage authorized for the British Colonies in North America. They are struck in pure tin, and always have rough surfaces. Boldly impressed by the dies, with details on the rampant horseman and with flecks of tin showing through the dark patina on the reverse on the upper devices. Rare in this grade, only 2 have been so graded with 3 higher by PCGS." - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s June 9, 2001 Mail Bid Sale, Lot 1219
"Fine." Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s June 9, 2001 Mail Bid Sale, Lot 1220, where it was described as follows: "(1688) American Plantations Token 1/24 Part Real, Original, Fine. 127.9 grains. The obverse of this piece matches that of Breen-81, but because of surface granularity it is impossible to determine if the 4 is stamped normally or sideways. Both sides show nice details, some scattered surface marks, some granularity, plus some rim dings and bruises. Nevertheless, these are hard to find nice because of the chemically active nature of the metal blanks on which these were struck."
"Very Good". Ex - George Bauer "Auction XVII", December 15, 1945, Lot 265, sold for $5.35 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "John Jay Pittman Collection - Part One", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 113, not illustrated, "Breen 77...144.3 grains...considerable corrosion on both sides, particularly near the rim."
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