UNDATED FUGIO CENT -
NEWMAN 101-AA (Copper)
Variety equivalents: Breen
Obverse: unfinished Fugio Cent style die, with a sundial in the
center and a sun with a sharply defined semicircle of rays surrounding.
Reverse: thirteen circles
in a never-ending link, each with the incuse name of one of the thirteen
original American colonies. In the center is a circle with an
incuse "AMERICAN CONGRESS". Rays connect the inner
circle with the surrounding links.
A similar reverse
(Newman's BB die) has an eye in the center. The Newman CC die is
nearly identical but has "WE ARE ONE" in the center.
Finally, the similar Newman GG die has a blank center (as does this AA
reverse), but the rays extend into the surrounding rings.
variety was illustrated on Crosby's Plate VII, No. 2 and as Figure 46 in
his text. He referred to these as "...other pieces of the
same general character, supposed to be patterns..." He knew
of only two impressions of this variety, both in copper, one owned by
Mr. Appleton, the other by Mr. Brevoort.
Kessler related James C.
Spilman's assessment of this obverse as a "die of uncertain
Breen called this a
"Fantasy piece." He listed two examples in copper,
expanding upon the ownership of the two pieces listed by Crosby.
To our knowledge, no other
copper examples exist from these dies.
courtesy of Ron Guth
Known examples (2):
1. (illustrated above). 141.8 grains. Ex - Hoffman -
Chambers - Brevoort - New York Coin & Stamp Co.'s "Lorin G.
Parmelee" sale, June 25-27, 1890, Lot 663 - Dr. Hall - Virgil
Brand - Tony Terranova
2. Bushnell - William Elliot
Woodward's "Bache II" sale, December 19-23, 1865, Lot 1823 -
William Sumner Appleton - Massachusetts Historical Society
Sources and/or recommended
"The Early Coins of
America" by Sylvester S. Crosby
"The Fugio Cents" by Alan
"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of
U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen