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Lot:1099 1722 Pattern Wood’s Hibernia Halfpenny. Martin 1.1-A.1, W-12650. Rarity-7+ (Rarity-9 with lettered e

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SBP2023年11月加州#1-Sydney F. Martin集藏

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1722 Pattern Wood’s Hibernia Halfpenny. Martin 1.1-A.1, W-12650. Rarity-7+ (Rarity-9 with lettered edge and jumbo planchet). D: G: REX, Rocks at Right. VF-25 (PCGS).148.4 grains. 30.1 mm. Edge engraved LOOK UNTO THE ROCK WHENCE YOU ARE HEWN. The heaviest recorded specimen of this rare type and the only one known with edge lettering. A beautiful example, with glossy medium brown surfaces and splendid originality. Some old dirt and encrustation remain within the peripheral legends, but the surfaces are notably free of any marks of consequence, particularly so for a coin with this level of wear. A small patch of natural granularity is present off Georges forecurl, left of D in D.G. The obverse is aligned to upper right, with a broader unstruck area at lower left than elsewhere. The reverse is a bit better centered but is trivially aligned to lower right. The rims are upset, suggesting a turn through an edge mill before the edge lettering was applied. The edge lettering was engraved, not struck or milled, applied with impressive skill but not mechanical precision. The edge legend comes from Isaiah 51:1.<p><p>Syd published this piece in Appendix A of his now-standard reference, <em>The Hibernia Coinage of William Wood (1722-1724)</em>. Listing this unique specimen as Martin 1.1-A.1 EL, he noted that "this coin is far larger than any other halfpenny seen." Interestingly, the centering on this particular type is wildly irregular, suggesting that either the planchets or coining (or both) were anomalous in the context of the broader Woods Hibernia series. While this type, off-metal strikes, and even some legend varieties have been called patterns in the past (along with those dated after the series had ceased, as anti-intuitive as that may be), the Rocks halfpenny may well be the first trial attempt at a large scale coinage. The harp position to left is a commonality with the 1722-only Harp Left farthings and halfpence. The circulated condition of the known Rocks halfpence (the Ford Gem being the sole exception) suggests that these were made to circulate - and did - despite the persuasive evidence that the Woods halfpence were not yet a mass manufacturing phenomenon. <p><p>Aside from the Ford primary coin, described as "the finest seen" of the 12 known at the time of our (Stacks) 2005 Ford catalog, the best offered in recent memory was the AU-58 (PCGS) from our 2013 Craige sale. It later was recertified as AU-58+ (PCGS) CAC. Most are in the VF range, but this example is set apart by its eye appeal and its truly unique edge device.<p>.PCGS# 921391.<strong>To view supplemental information and all items from the Sydney F. Martin Collection, click<a href="https://stacksbowers.com/sydney-f-martin-collection/"target=’_blank’> here.</a></strong>.From the Sydney F. Martin Collection. Earlier from our (Stacks) sale of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part VII, January 2005, lot 20.

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