Images courtesy of Early
American Numismatics, Inc.
(illustrated above). Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s
Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1438, where it was described as
follows: "1781 North American Token, About Uncirculated.
116.2 grains. A choice, glossy brown example with nice, hard luster on
both sides. A very high grade piece, with even the fine die lines
evident in the fields on the reverse. North American Tokens are usually
poorly struck, so you can't count on the details to give you any guide
as to the amount of wear. You really have to look at the surface
quality, the luster (if any), and the color. On this piece, the surfaces
are truly exceptional,with a glossy sheen that is very unusual for the
type. The sheen is smooth, even, and unbroken except for a slight change
in color on the highest points. The obverse has some scattered
micro-flaws that were in the planchet before the coin was struck. The
color is a superb, glossy brown that is the perennial favorite with
Images courtesy of Superior
"XF-45" (illustrated above). Ex - Superior
Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot
16, where it was
described as follows: "1781 North American Token Breen-1144 XF-45
Attractive glossy chocolate brown with a few lighter brown highpoints.
Sharply struck, much better than usual for this token. A choice example,
free of marks or other defects. Struck head-to-head. Weight 122.4
grains." Price realized = $517.50 "to the book"
PCGS EF-40. Ex - Superior Stamp
& Coin's "The ANA 2000 National Money Show Auction", March
2-3, 2000, Lot 28, "Breen 1144 in Copper"
PCGS EF-40. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins
& Collectibles, Inc.'s "Pre-Long Beach Sale", September 23
& 24, 2002, Lot 79, illustrated.
"Very Fine." Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s
Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1439, 116.2 grains.
Fine." Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s
Mail Bid Sale, August 25, 2001, Lot 1440, 110.0 grains.