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    1787        Miller 33. 7 - r. 2                  draped bust left - Jarvis CT Copper

    Obverse:  [cinquefoil] AUCTORI : [cinquefoil]      [cinquefoil] CONNEC : [cinquefoil]
    Reverse:  [cinquefoil] INDE : [two cinquefoils]       [cinquefoil]    ET LIB :        1787

    Weight:  139.9 g   (9.06 grams)             Diameter:  28.81 mm             Reverse die alignment: 180°

    Comments:  This variety is attributed to James Jarvis and Company. Miller 33 is distinguished by the punctuation on the legend and comes in forty five varieties. Variety 33.7 is distinguished by a heavy colon after AUCTORI in which the bottom stop is about half way below the base of the I and the first C is very close to the head of the bust. There is a planchet void in the head and a striation mark from the mouth to the rim, there are also some rim bruses on this specimen.

    The reverse is distinguished as a r reverse by the punctuation in the legend. There are five varieties of this reverse, with r.2 having the following characteristics. The branch hand points towards the space bewteen the D and the I and toward the left part if the I. More easily distinguished is the olive branch in which the third leaf from the bottom on the right side is detached from the stem. Also the bottom stop on the second colon is very close to the B. In this example the lower bow of the B is quite open, a characteistic Miller attributes to later strikes. There is a double exergue line with the top line being heavier. On this example there are some planchet voids from the rim at the end of the legend running into the shield area.

    Provenance:  Loaned for scanning and inclusion in this catalog.



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    1787        Miller 33. 28 - Z. 16                  draped bust left "Snipe Nose" - Jarvis CT Copper

    Obverse:  [cinquefoil] AUCTORI : [cinquefoil]      [cinquefoil] CONNEC : [cinquefoil]
    Reverse:  [cinquefoil] INDE : [three cinquefoils]       [cinquefoil]    ETLIB : [cinquefoil]       1787

    Weight:  154.8 g   (10.03 grams)             Diameter:  28.6 mm             Reverse die alignment: 190°

    Comments:   This variety is attributed to James Jarvis and Company. Miller 33 is distinguished by the punctuation on the legend and comes in forty five varieties. Variety 33.28 is easily distinguished by a major die break from near the rim going just above the second N in CONNEC moving across the bust and through the O in AUCTORI to the rim. It is especially prominent at the nose area, thus giving the name to this variety "the snipe nose." Additional distinguishing characteristics are that the first cinquefoil is below the bust actually within the drapery area; also the third cinquefoil is rather high near the rim. The colons are nearer the letters than the cinquefoils and the letters are small. There appears to have been some planchet problems with the obverse in this specimen.

    The reverse is distinguished as a Z reverse by the punctuation in the legend. There are twenty four varieties of this reverse, with Z.16 having the following characteristics. The I in INDE is distant from the other letters. The vertical stroke of the T extends down slightly below the L and the B in ET LIB. Also, the B was made from an R punch that was cut in the die to look like a B. The bottom bow of that B has a flat bottom and the open space in the center of the bow is much smaller that in the top bow, all due to transforming an R into a B. Also note the colons are low, especially the second colon. There is a double exergue line. Also, Liberty's left arm comes to a point without a hand to hold the pole. On this example there is a planchet void just above that area but the arm defect is due to the die not the void.

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection.



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    1787        Miller 33. 37 - Z. 9                 draped bust left - Jarvis CT Copper

    Obverse:  [cinquefoil] AUCTORI : [cinquefoil]      [cinquefoil] CONNEC : [cinquefoil]
    Reverse:  [cinquefoil] INDE : [three cinquefoils]       [cinquefoil]    ETLIB : [cinquefoil]       1787

    Weight:  118.7 g   (7.68 grams)             Diameter:  28.5 mm             Reverse die alignment: 180°

    Comments:  This variety is attributed to Jarvis and Company. Miller 33 is distinguished by the punctuation on the legend and comes in forty five varieties. Variety 33.37 is distinguished by in several ways. In CONNEC the first C is low and touches the head while the O is higher. The E was made from a F punch with a very short horizontal lower stroke added to the die. The final colon is very low and above the final cinquefoil at the rim there is a dot from a die break. This is an off center example and appears to be a late state of the die. There is a die break from the head through the O in CONNEC to the rim and another smaller break from the top of the final C to the rim. There is also a slight bulge to the left of the face. Hodder suggests these defects are due to a severe die clash that occurred late in the use of this die (see the Taylor catalog, p. 237). This example also has planchet voids on the face.

    The reverse is distinguished as a Z reverse by the punctuation in the legend. There are twenty four varieties of this reverse, with Z.9 having the following characteristics. The I in INDE is distant from the N which leans to the left while the D is somewhat low. The final B in LIB is also low and the final colon is so low it intrudes into the shield resting beside Liberty. In the date area the 8 is high and touches the line while the final 7 is lower. This example is off center and has a planchet void on Liberty's dress just to theright of the pole.

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection.



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    1787        Miller 38 - GG                 draped bust left - Jarvis CT Copper

    Obverse:  AUCIORI :       + CONNEC : +
    Reverse:  - + - INDE : - + = + -       - + -   ET-LIB :   1787

    Weight:  152.0 g   (9.84 grams)             Diameter:  28.6 mm             Reverse die alignment: 260°

    Comments:  This variety is attributed to Jarvis and Company. This is from the series using the cross in the legend. As the cross group is the highest weight group by Jarvis it is considered to be among his products with later varieties decreasing in weight. Miller 38 is distinguished by the legend and the punctuation. It is the only variety with the error AUCIORI. The colon stops are near the top and the bottom of the letters with more space than usual between them. Apparently the AUCI are further apart than the letters ORI, but that section is missing from the example shown.

    The reverse GG has a unique punctuation. Note that the hyphens are rather small, especially at the second and third crosses and the hyphen to the right of the fourth cross is joined to the cross. In the legend the letters IND are spaced further apart than the other letters. Also the branch held by Liberty has twelve leaves arranged in triplets with the top leaf pointing to the lower stop of the colon. The date is below a double exergue line.

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection.


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