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Obverse of Higley Copper - THE WHEELE GOES ROUND     Obverse of Higley Copper - THE WHEELE GOES ROUND

  
HIGLEY COPPER COINS

Notes:
From "The Early Coins of America" by Sylvester S. Crosby --

"The Granby or Higley Tokens are supposed to have been struck by John Higley of Granby, from metal obtained from the mines at 'Copper Hill' in that town, then part of Simsbury, in the State of Connecticut.  The authorities appear to have taken no notice of his issues of coin, which seem to have continued for about three years, -- from 1737 to 1739 inclusive, -- specimens being extant bearing these dates, though we know of none dated 1738....

The borders of all are beaded, or milled, and the edges plain; in size they vary from 18 to 19, and their weight varies from 122 to 170 grains: the heaviest specimen is one of 1739...more

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Varieties (7):
1. 1737 Obverse: THE VALVE OF THREE PENCE, Reverse: 3 Hammers - CONNECTICVT 
2. 1737 Obverse: THE VALVE OF THREE PENCE, Reverse: 3 Hammers - I AM GOOD COPPER 
3. 1737 Obverse: VALUE ME AS YOU PLEASE, Reverse: 3 Hammers - I AM GOOD COPPER 
4. 1737 Obverse: VALVE ME AS YOU PLEASE, Reverse: 3 Hammers - I AM GOOD COPPER 
5. (No date) Obverse: VALUE ME AS YOU PLEASE, Reverse: J CUT MY WAY THROUGH 
6. (No Date) Obverse: THE WHEELE GOES ROUND, Reverse: J CUT MY WAY THROUGH 
7. 1739 Obverse: VALVE ME AS YOU PLEASE, Reverse: J CUT MY WAY THROUGH

Significant examples:
In the February 2005 issue of NUMISMATIST (page 63), William Anton offered a 1737 CONNECTICVT Higley for $240,000.00, describing it as follows: "Dr. Sam Higley's own personal coin.  Struck on an oversized planchet.  Choice Extremely Fine and problem-free."