1652 3Pence Pine Tree, Pellets at Trunk MS (PCGS#45365)
November 2019 Baltimore Colonial Coins and Americana Auction
1652 Pine Tree Threepence. Noe-34, Salmon 1-A, W-630. Rarity-4. Pellets at Trunk. VF-20 (PCGS).
16.8 grains. Toned in lovely slate-grey shades with subtle peach accents throughout. The obverse strike is aligned towards 12'clock as is typically seen, while the reverse is perfectly centered. The tree is remarkably bold, with the tip pulled tight to the edge but intact. A full inner circle frames the date and denomination, which show even definition. Much of NEW ENGLAND remains at the borders, even if mostly off the flan in some spots. Smooth and glossy, free from any notable abrasions. While Pine Tree threepence are not as avidly sought as their larger brethren, they are scarcer as a class by a long shot. This piece delivers overall exceptional quality that is seldom seen on this denomination.
Provenance: From the Robert M. Martin Collection.
PCGS# 45365. NGC ID: 2ARP.
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