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Uncirculated 1652 Pine Tree Sixpence Ex T. James Clarke 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony. Pine Tree Six

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Uncirculated 1652 Pine Tree Sixpence Ex T. James Clarke 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony. Pine Tree Six
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Uncirculated 1652 Pine Tree Sixpence
Ex T. James Clarke 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony. Pine Tree Sixpence. Noe-33, Crosby 1-A, W-670. Pellets at Trunk. Rarity-3. MS-61 PCGS. An exceptional example of the issue, a beauty with steel-gray surfaces that exhibit lively blue highlights and soft underlying luster throughout. Off-center at noon on the obverse, nearly a given for Noe-33, the rim there to the top of the beaded circle, IN MA are complete, SA mostly present, no other letters present until TS which are complete, the tree and all beads in circle are sharp, single small pellets flank each side of the trunk, large lip of unstruck metal from 3 to 9 o’clock, one tiny mark, probably as old as the coin itself, can be seen under magnification just beneath the lowest righthand branch, no other marks of any measure are encountered. The reverse is perfectly centered, another “given” for Noe-33, in sharp contrast to the obverse.
Both beaded circles are complete and boldly presented, one faint vertical scratch, probably there for hundreds of years, descends from the base of the 2 in the date directly downward to a bead; magnification is required to see this minor disturbance, and no other marks of any magnitude are surrendered to a loupe. Late reverse die state, the vertical crack between the 1 and 6 of the date is now thicker than typically seen, and stretches from the left upright of the V in the denomination, grazing the left side of the 6 before terminating at the bead beneath the serif of E; the date almost resembles 11652. The surfaces of this exceptional silver sixpence are far finer than those of Ford XII:136 and 137, but the two EF Ford pieces exhibited far finer obverse centering than the Mint State coin offered here; there’s almost always a compromise in early American numismatics.
There is no compromise, however, for quality, and the present Massachusetts Bay Colony sixpence represents the near-epitome of quality, and we have no doubt that it is a Condition Census specimen as well – this is one of just two examples of the variety certified as Mint State by PCGS. Herein lies a grand opportunity for an advanced collector to upgrade this popular variety, or for a beginning specialist in the Massachusetts silver discipline to start a collection off on the right foot! Absolutely choice, and a coin that brings finer grades to mind with every turn of the holder.
PCGS Population: 1; 1 finer within the PCGS With Pellets designation (MS-62).
PCGS #45367
Ex T. James Clarke



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