1786 New Jersey Copper. Maris 14-J, W-4810. Rarity-1. Straight Plow Beam, Stegosaurus Head. MS-62 BN (PCGS). An exceptionally high grade specimen, even for this relatively prolific die pair. Abundant mint color, faded to blushes of rose and deep violet, persists across both sides, with attractive blue and olive highlights across the fields. Well struck and fairly well centered, with a frame of denticles atop the obverse and around the lower reverse. The date is crisp and complete. Surfaces on both sides are frosty and mostly unflawed, with only very trivial lamination striations seen across the plow handles and beneath the right corner of the horsehead. The obverse shows its typical diagonal buckling from below center to EA of CAESAREA, and a die crack connects 786, equivalent to SHI Die State 2.<p><p>There are few New Jersey varieties more commonly encountered in Mint State - or more commonly encountered in any grade. However, few exhibit any degree of mint color, and fewer still display it as prominently as this one. Any high grade example that combines positive characteristics of strike, centering, color, sharpness, and lack of defects is a rare and desirable property for type collectors and specialists alike.<p> PCGS# 767875. From the Sydney F. Martin Collection. Earlier ex Lawrence R. Stack Collection, November 2006.