The James E. Blake Collection spans the breadth of American colonial coins, ranging from 17th-century issues like the Oak Tree Twopence through the later Washington medals. Additionally, there is a selection of later collectible copies of colonial coinage, mainly from the 1860s.
Heritage Auctions is accepting bids on the coins in this collection now at Coins.HA.com, with bidding continuing through September 5, when the auction will conclude with a live bidding session.
One of the more interesting pieces to be offered here is lot 93037, the (c. 1670) New Yorke Token struck in brass. This very rare Colonial-era token was unknown until a lead impression was discovered in the Netherlands Royal Cabinet in 1853. Despite the E added to YORK, it is not possible to pin down the date of this issue precisely as this spelling occurs intermittently between 1664 and the 1770s. A 2016 pedigree roster confirms 17 brass and four lead or pewter examples. Graded Fine 15 by PCGS, this piece is evenly worn, but the outline of the devices are fully recognizable. The fields are granular and show deeper brown toning that contrasts with the olive-tan accents on the devices. Bidders have an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire this undated apocryphal farthing.
Some of the other outstanding colonial coins to be offered here are:
- 1662 Oak Tree Twopence, Small 2, Noe-30, W-240, Salmon 1-A, R.4, AU53 PCGS
- 1652 Pine Tree Shilling, Large Planchet, Reversed N, Noe-10, W-750, Salmon 8-Diii, R.3, XF45 PCGS
- 1722 Rosa Americana Halfpenny, VTILE DVLCI, M. 1.1-A.1, W-1214, R.6, AU55 PCGS
- 1723 Hibernia Pattern Farthing, Silver, M. 3.3-Bc.3, W-12500, R.5, SP58 PCGS
- 1766 Pitt Halfpenny AU55 NGC. Betts-519, W-8350
- 1766 Pitt Halfpenny, Silvered AU50 PCGS. CAC. Betts-519, W-8350
- 1787 Connecticut Copper, ETLIR, M. 33.29-gg.1, W-3810, R.5, AU58 NGC
- 1785 Nova Constellatio Copper, Pointed Rays, Small Date, Crosby 2-A, W-1885, R.4, AU58 NGC
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