1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Oak Tree Shilling. Noe-5, Salmon 3-D, W-470. Rarity-2. IN at Bottom. MS-64 (NGC). 70.8 grains. An old friend of our firm, this is the second time that we have had the privilege of bringing this highly significant Noe-5 Oak Tree shilling to auction. The first was in our (Stacks) sale of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XII, where it was cataloged as:<p><em>Outstanding quality, one of the three finest seen by the cataloguer, beaten only by the preceding and the Jackman sale coins for first place. Both the obverse and reverse are toned in a deep rich coin silver gray shade which is uniform on both sides. The tree is soft as expected but the peripheral legend is fairly sharp and just about complete. On the reverse the entire design is sharp save for the very top where the piece is soft due to the slight off centering of this strike. Obverse a little off center to the bottom, tops of some letters run off the flan revealing a pronounced die break visible at about 12 oclock. Perfectly centered on the reverse as expected.</em><p><em>Much later state of both dies, the obverse breaking at the top as described, the reverse quite soft there, breaking down from the tops of ND through the space between DA, bases of AN joined now, other lighter breaks visible in places in the peripheral legend. Described by Wurtzbach on his collectors ticket [which is not included in this offering] as Break much heavier. A beauty. Libbey-Wurtzbach Collections, a bargain."</em><p>Remaining firmly in the Condition Census for these dies, this piece is still one of the finest Noe-5 Oak tree shillings available to todays discerning collectors of Massachusetts Bay Colony silver. Exceptional! Ex Edward Cogans sale of the A.S. Jenks Collection, April 1877, lot 868; Libbie Collection; Carl Wurtzbach; T. James Clarke; F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr.; our (Stacks) sale of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XII, October 2005, lot 25; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick; Heritages sale of the Donald G. Partrick Collection, April 2021 CSNS Signature Auction, lot 3002. The Noe, Wurtzbach and Salmon plate coin.