Featured An Odd "1787" Connecticut Copper

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Jack D. Young, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Jack D. Young

    Jack D. Young Well-Known Member

    I thought I would post my only add from the Baltimore Whitman Expo to my odd collection; it was held back by a dealer friend who told me it "had my name on it"! It literally did, with a stick on with my name on the slab.


    Folks who know me know I collect low grade early large cents and "authenticity challenged coins", so why would a "1787" Connecticut Copper be for me?

    Short story, it isn't what it's "cracked up" to be; and doing a little researching late night I found it previously sold in a 2010 Heritage auction correctly identified as what it actually is.


    Since it is provenanced back to a 1954 Stacks sale I sent a note to Harvey Stack and David Bowers and received a note back from Harvey stating how cool it is to see a coin still linked back to one of his sales and suggested looking for 2 auction catalogs from then to try and further the history trail. So I have some more digging to do.

    One can only speculate why this example was worked over- comparing it to a genuine example I would expect the “6” to have been off the planchet as a result of the off-center strike and someone gave it their best shot at the actual date. Maybe someone was trying to make a unique variety of 1787 but regardless it is an interesting example of early copper!


    Images are courtesy of Heritage (much better than the ones I took!) along with their commentary. I also included a reverse image comparing this one with a known 1786 M 4.1-G on the right.

    And as far as the “cert” I notified my contact at the TPG and the on-line cert was updated...

    Best, Jack.
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  3. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Very cool early alteration. This is the kind of stuff I love to see too
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  4. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat dave700x -1883 O nut

    Very interesting piece! I always enjoy reading your posts...:)
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  5. Jack D. Young

    Jack D. Young Well-Known Member

    Thank you; it is gratifying to receive comments like from you two as well as get the articled featured!
  6. Johndoe2000$

    Johndoe2000$ Well-Known Member

    That is so cool. I like seeing pre US coinage, and the provenance is awesome. Congrats on your newest pick up.
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  7. LakeEffect

    LakeEffect Average Circulated

    Great copper and a nice piece of sleuthing.
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  8. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    Good job!
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  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Nice detective work. Hope you can find the sales catalogs and see what else they say.
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  10. kSigSteve

    kSigSteve Active Member

    You never cease to amaze us.

    Awesome pick up with a neat story.
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  11. Jack D. Young

    Jack D. Young Well-Known Member

    I appreciate everyone's comments! This one will have a permanent place in my odd collection.
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