1773 Virginia "Penny." Newman 1-A, W-1390. Rarity-6. Proof. EF Details--Damage (PCGS).8.64 grams. Medal alignment. This is a more than respectable example of a scarce and intriguing colonial era type, both sides actually quite smooth overall with few marks of consequence. The surfaces are warmly and originally patinated in deep crimson-copper that provides strong visual appeal. Plenty of sharp striking detail remains, the impression expertly centered with uniform denticulation around the borders. The PCGS qualifier concerns an attempted puncture on the obverse at the top of King Georges head; accuracy also compels us to mention a few light scrapes on the reverse over and around the harp, as well as ancient verdigris within the obverse puncture and the crown on the reverse. All in all, however, this is an attractive coin for the assigned grade that will is sure to see spirited bidding among advanced collectors.<p>Struck on highly prepared planchets from a unique set of dies, the Virginia "Penny" coins were never intended for commerce. While a few are known with evidence of circulation, as here, most are in high grades, well preserved in the upper class 18th century English collections for which they were intended. As the most impressive form of the only truly "colonial" coin in the United States, the Virginia "penny" is a classic rarity, avidly sought at all levels of preservation.