1783 Shilng Chalmers, Long Worm MS (PCGS# 595)


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1783 John Chalmers Shilling. W-1790. URS-9. Long Worm. EF-45 (NGC). CAC. NGC has mounted this coin with the reverse up in the holder, the birds and worm motif on that side being the most readily recognizable design element of this type with collectors. It is a rare occasion indeed when we can present multiple examples of John Chalmers' privately issued silver coinage of 1783, the present lot featuring the second of his shillings to pass through this cataloger's (Jeff Ambio's) hands for our official August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction. Very appealing for a lightly circulated survivor, we note overall bold, if not sharp definition that allows ready appreciation of all major design elements. Isolated softness of strike is a common attribute for the type, and on the present example it is evident over the upper right portion of the central obverse and the lower left portion of the reverse (where the digit 3 in the date is notably soft). The impression is also a tad off center, but not to the point that&nbsp;any border area on either side is devoid of denticulation. Richly and evenly toned in dove-gray patina, the only notable distractions are located on the obverse, where minor flan flaws mingle with a few faint pinscratches (the former features are as struck). A handsome, original piece that would serve with distinction in any advanced collection.<br />
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