1787 Fugio Copper. Pointed Rays. Newman 8-B, W-6740. Rarity-3. UNITED STATES, 4 Cinquefoils. AU-55 (PCGS). An impressively preserved example of this popular variety toned in rich mahogany and crimson shades. Considerable luster blankets the surfaces and speaks to the lack of notable handling. The obverse is slightly drawn towards 8 oclock, trimming the leftmost denticles. A shallow clip is noted at 5 oclock. The reverse is overall centered and shows faint denticulation around the circumference. Readily identified as the Newman 8-B marriage by the clashing and cracks that makes this variety a favorite among specialist. Clashing is most obvious on the obverse beneath the date and FUGIO, while a small crack descends to the first 7 of the date from the rim. The reverse is even more forthcoming, with diagnostic cracks at 4 and 9 oclock and sharp clashmarks within the rings. A truly superior example that had previously been certified AU-58 by NGC, asserting how choice it remains at the present AU-55 (PCGS) grade. Ex Early American History Auctions sale of August 2018, lot 354.