1787年马萨诸塞州美分 NGC VF 25
1787 Massachusetts Cent. Ryder 4-J, W-6120. Rarity-7. Arrows in Left Talon. VF-25 BN (NGC). 149.5 grains. The Ryder 4-J die marriage was discovered only in the 1950s by our own Q. David Bowers, combining Ryders obverse 4 with the then newly discovered reverse J. This specimen was found by Dave following the publication of the discovery coin in Empire Topics I</em> and sold into the Norweb Collection. This is one of only five specimens known to Massachusetts Copper maven Michael Packard, and is the Greco reverse plate specimen; it is also most probably the third finest known example, after the PCGS MS-64 RB in our (Stacks) July 2009 ANA Sale and Richard Augusts VF-EF specimen. The surfaces are a pleasing and even dark brown, with some scattered marks and a planchet irregularity noted through the letters MM in COMMONWEALTH. An entire generation passed between the offering at auction of this coin in 1988 and its reappearance in 2015. Advanced collectors of Massachusetts copper coinage should revel in this opportunity at this storied rarity. Ex Norweb Collection, purchased from Empire Coin Company (Q. David Bowers) on September 5, 1958; our (Bowers and Merenas) sale of the Norweb Collection, Part II, March 1988, lot 2655; Donald Groves Partrick; Heritages sale of the Donald Groves Partrick Collection, January 2015, lot 5706; Tony Terranova; Michael Demling; our offering of the Michael Demling Collection of Massachusetts Cents, March 2018, lot 3026, unsold.