1787 Massachusetts Cent. Ryder 2b-A, W-6040. Rarity-2. Arrows in Left Talon, Horned Eagle. VF-30 BN (NGC). Warm copper-rose patina to both sides, the toning a bit lighter over the high points, where much of the wear is concentrated. Remaining detail is bold overall, nonetheless, and the more protected areas of the design are quite sharp. Well centered in strike with surfaces that show a few well scattered nicks, yet present as generally smooth in hand. A pleasing mid grade example of this popular <em>Guide Book</em> variety, named for the small hornlike die break connecting the eagles head to the letter H in MASSACHUSETTS. This reverse die is known only in this pairing, while the obverse was used in its earlier state on the famous Transposed Arrows.