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1722 Rosa Americana Halfpenny Pattern - Ex: Norweb
1722. Rosa Americana Halfpenny, Martin 1.1-A.1. Copper. PCGS graded Fine-15.
Rarity 5. 67.7 grains. Medium to dark brown, with some old scratches across the base of the bust. In the 1988 Norweb catalog, this very coin was presented as a "Possibly Unique" type based on the presence of a colon between ROSA and AMERICANA. PCGS calls this a "Pattern" based on Walter Breen's specific designations. The dies used to strike this coin exhibit all of the characteristics of a late state of Reverse A.1. The obverse is Martin's 1.1, which is paired only with Reverse A.1, further cementing the attribution. The lower "period" that makes up the colon appears to be a raised bubble in the metal; additional raised bubbles appear in other areas of the reverse. To its credit, this is a unique example of a rare variety, and a coin with a great backstory. Ex: Hollinbeck Stamp & Coin Co., sold privately in 1956 - Bowers & Merena's sale of the Norweb Collection, Part II. March 1988, Lot 2396.
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