1722 1/2 P Hibernia, Rocks right, BN MS (PCGS# 164)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 74
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1722 Pattern Wood's Hibernia Halfpenny. Martin 1.1-A.1, W-12650. Rarity-7+. D: G: REX, Rocks at Right. VF-35 (PCGS). 153.9 grains. This is an extremely rare die pairing and the only use of the rocks behind the harp player. She is seated forward, her right hand is on the harp, but she faces left at the rock wall. There are eight strings in the harp, and two thin ribbons extend from the back of her head that bind her hair. The obverse and reverse have medium brown toning with a few flecks of lighter brown mixed in. Smooth and attractive to the eye, a loupe finds a few minor planchet flaws on the King's cheek and mouth, but nothing problematic from circulation or handling. A rare variety and major type that is seldom offered or seen, PCGS has graded only five examples, the present one right in the middle of their grade ranges reported. Sharply struck throughout and a highlight of this advanced collection.