The Newman IV auction’s offering of Connecticut coppers includes one 1786 piece with an unusual name and a 1788 error bearing two obverse portraits.
The first coin is a 1786 Connecticut, Mailed Bust Right, Scholar’s Head copper in NGC Very Good 8. It is attributed as the Miller 3-D.1 variety in State Coinage of Connecticut by Henry Miller.
Only five obverse dies for the 1786 Connecticut coppers show the obverse portrait facing right. Each exhibits separate punctuation, making identification easier.
Obverse 3 is known as the “Scholar’s Head,” a moniker coined by numismatic researcher and cataloger Michael Hodder.
The 1788 Connecticut, Draped Bust Left copper, Miller 16.4-L.2, is double struck with a brockage. It is graded NGC MS-62 brown.
The obverse exhibits two side-by-side profiles. On the reverse, the right portion of the reverse design appears to the left. On the right is an elliptical indentation, a brockage image.
The double-struck, brockage error was acquired more than 70 years ago from the estate of prominent collector Col. E.H.R. Green.
The May 16 and 17 sale is to be held at Heritage Auctions’ New York City galleries at 445 Park Ave., 15th Floor, in Manhattan.
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