“1737” (ca. 1860s) Higley Copper by J.A. Bolen. Copper. Musante JAB-10, Kenney-4, W-14270. MS-63RB (NGC). Another very attractive example of the prized Higley copper by Bolen. This one is in the composition of the original colonial-era rarity and as such, its a piece that illustrates what those distinctive coins might have looked like when freshly struck. Generous original red remains on this piece toward the periphery, while the centers have toned to a pleasing greenish olive brown. Subtle traces of pale blue are also seen upon close inspection. Virtually no handling marks are seen, even under magnification. As such, this seems like a premium quality piece for the grade. Nicely struck, pleasantly lustrous and with a provenance to one of Americas great numismatists, Eric P. Newman. An unknown number were struck, but it was probably a fairly small figure. While much more frequently seen in copper than in silver, this is still a fairly scarce issue and desirable for the skill evident in its production. From the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, Heritage, November 2018, lot 15021.