(1790) Albany Church Penny, No D, PCGS VF30

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(1790) Albany Church Penny, No D, PCGS VF30

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(1790) Albany Church Penny, no D, Breen 1169, PCGS VF30.

A remarkable, newly discovered example of this famous early American rarity. Glossy, problem-free surfaces with lovely light brown surfaces and very little wear. A George II British Halfpenny was used as the planchet. Struck on both sides and unique as such. The second strike mostly flattened the first, but a crescent of detail remains on the side of the first strike. We like to think this may have been the first Church Penny struck and the coiner, who’s original intent was perhaps to have the design on both sides, quickly realized that wasn’t going to be feasible with their simple counterstamping set-up. In some sense, this is a unique die variety (a 1-1 die pair as opposed to 1-A or 2-A), in another sense, a flip-over double strike mint error. Either way, this piece is a significant item that would make an important and unique addition to an advanced cabinet of early American coins.