1787 Massachusetts Cent

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  1. Seascape

    Seascape U.S. & World Collector

    So I am practicing my die attribution skills. This is not easy. This example is challenging to say the least because of the reverse. But thru process of elimination I so far conclude:

    W-6080 Ryder 2-G

    Right or wrong?

    Anybody who is more seasoned than me please reply.

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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    No clue on variety attribution for these, but it's a cool piece. I've never had one. Was offered one for sale by a detecting colleague, once. He spun some yarn about digging it on a colonial site. Maybe he did and maybe he didn't, but it was fake as all heck, and I told him so. It was a blatantly modern tourist copy.

    He's kind of a shady fella, so I don't know if he was trying to pull one over on me or not. But he does dig lots of legitimate colonial coins and relics- I've hunted with him and seen him in action.
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  4. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Using the same reference as you, the obverse matches 2. The reverse is missing some diagnostics but nothing I can see belies a G attribution. What I can confirm on the reverse is the single date line (I think) and since this is the only one of three single date line dies that was used with Obverse 2, that probably clinches it.
  5. Seascape

    Seascape U.S. & World Collector

    So just to clarify.... 2-G is the best conclusion that can be drawn with the condition of this example?
  6. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    That's the best I can do with only the photographs, which are not bad, but with the coin in hand you can adjust the light and contrast and perhaps see more. So, it looks like a 2-G to me but you have the coin in hand and the same references that I do, so you be the judge.
  7. Seascape

    Seascape U.S. & World Collector

    I actually dont have the coin in hand. It is 1 of a couple that I am considering. Ask is $370.00.
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