(ca. 1723) Silver tube, topped and capped by Silver Woods Hibernia Halfpence.86.5 mm tall. 23.6 mm in diameter at center. 27.0 mm in diameter at caps. Unmarked. <p><p>From our September 2009 Americana sale, where we described this as:<p><p>"A most unusual form, likely intended as a box for whist counters or something similar. With an internal diameter of roughly 22 mm, this would have housed farthings rather ideally. The outside of the tube is well manufactured, smooth, and lustrous. The area protected by the removable cap shows the brilliant, once polished color beneath, while the exposed parts of the cylinder have pleasantly toned to an even deep silver gray. Both cap and base have been nicely lathed to produce two rings below the coins appended at either end. The removable top cap shows the obverse of a silver Woods Hibernia halfpenny, Martin 4.61. Richly toned deep silver gray with lighter gold and navy blue highlights, the strike is bold enough to suggest multiple striking, as indicated by the lengthened denticles that grace the circumference. The fields are somewhat reflective, perhaps polished long ago but long since retoned and not suffering from any unnatural brightness. While the reverse is not visible at all, we presume it is present-though this would perhaps even be more interesting as a uniface trial in silver! <p><p>"At the other end of the cylinder, a 1723-dated reverse has toned a similarly rich tone, still quite lustrous and Mint State, if it were to be graded. No bad marks or significant hairlines are seen. The die, Martin Gc.7, is seen here in its earliest state, with the foot fully sharp and not yet polished away. Its striking quality resembles the obverse, with long denticles and particularly sharp details throughout. It is quite similar in that respect to the lone 1723 halfpenny in silver in the Ford sale-seemingly the only one known heretofore-which realized $40,250. <p><p>"This tube is described in the Martin book on page 410: Interestingly, in the late 1950s, a hoard of 20 to 25 silver farthings, as well as some of the early copper pattern farthings, turned up in England. These coins had descended through Woods family and came into the possession of Albert Baldwin, a noted London coin dealer. The silver farthings were housed in a silver sterling tube, with silver halfpennies as the caps. This is unquestionably the most exciting offering in the Woods series since the Ford sales and may even eclipse those offerings. Its provenance, uniqueness, and condition are simply unsurpassable."<p><p>This piece was like catnip to Syd. Not only was it a relic of one of his most beloved series, but it was odd, unique, presented challenges of interpretation and valuation, and had the ability to make even the most seasoned student of the series think "Ive never seen that before!" Based on the presence of two extremely rare 1723 Woods Hibernia halfpence in silver alone, this is an incredibly desirable property. But its standout wow factor is hard to overstate as well.<p>.<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) Philadelphia Americana sale, September 2009, lot 4008.