1723 Wood’s Hibernia Halfpenny. Martin 4.107-E.1, W-unlisted. Rarity-8. VF-35 (PCGS).129.3 grains. One of the stars of Ted Craiges impressive collections of Woods Hibernias, this brought $12,925 when it was discovered in 2013. Craige knew this slightly worn piece was special, calling it a "pattern" with "5 pointed star before date." We described it back in 2013 as follows:<p><p>Likely Unique 1723 Halfpenny Die Marriage<p><p>Star Before Date on Reverse, Previously Unreported Obverse<p><p>1723 Woods Hibernia Halfpenny. Martin Unlisted-E.1, W-Unlisted. VF-35 (PCGS).<p><p>129.3 grains. Similar to Breen-149 in his massive Encyclopedia as this shares the reverse with the small star before the date, a unique stop that apparently only appears on this reverse die. The obverse is different from that pictured from the New Netherlands-Private Collection in that reference as there is a clear stop after REX on the present coin whereas the New Netherlands coin has REX pressed up and apparently touching the bust with no stop. Furthermore Breen lists an example of this variety from the Craige Collection which presumably is this coin, but obviously with a different obverse than noted in Breen as well as being 129.3 grains and not the 109 grains listed for the New Netherlands example.<p>Diagnostics of this obverse include the first G is centered under the lowest curl between the rim. The upper ribbon points to the right side of the second G.<p>"There is a large stop, slightly high and closer to the S. The upper leaf points completely left of the stop, the second leaf points right of the I. G of GRATIA is distant from the uppermost curl. The nose points between TI, closer to I. The stop between A R is closer to R and high. The stop between the X and bust is centered in height but closer to the bust. The obverse die appears to be an early die state. The reverse is that of E-1, with the star as a stop before the date, but a regular stop after the date. Outstanding surfaces and color, with smooth wear on the uppermost devices. There is a minor dig on the D(EI) which is also seen on the head but lightly there. There is no separate listing for this in the <em>Guide Book</em>. The reverse is clean and pleasing with uniform light brown toning. Interestingly the strings on the harp are mostly flat or crushed, apparently as struck, but certainly unusual for one of these Woods pieces."<p><p>This piece is just as pretty as it was then, with the kind of minor marks on choice, smooth surfaces that actually make this look like a circulated pattern or specimen. <p><p>The Martin reference does refer to the coins struck from this reverse as patterns on p. 299, and speculates (though not wildly so) that the W.W. graffiti on the New Netherlands coin cited above was "thought to be William Woods own coin.<p><p>We know of no other coins from these dies that have been discovered or published in the last 10 years.PCGS# 920854. NGC ID: F7J6.<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 sale of the Ted L. Craige Collection, March 2013, lot 141.