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SERIES: U.S. Colonial Issues
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

(1737) Higley THE WHEEL GOES ROUND, BN (Regular Strike)

PCGS #:
216
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Copper
Auction Record:
$376,000 • NGC VF30 • 1-7-2015 • Heritage
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 VF25 estimated grade  

Freidus 4-C

Howland Wood Collection - Henry Chapman - Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection - Wayte Raymond - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1306, $75,000 - John L. Roper 2nd Collection - Stack's 12/1983:154, $60,500 - Donald Groves Partrick Collection - Heritage 1/2015:5637, $376,000

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 VF25 estimated grade  

Freidus 4-C

Howland Wood Collection - Henry Chapman - Col. James W. Ellsworth Collection - Wayte Raymond - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1306, $75,000 - John L. Roper 2nd Collection - Stack's 12/1983:154, $60,500 - Donald Groves Partrick Collection - Heritage 1/2015:5637, $376,000

P. Scott Rubin: The Higley Copper with THE WHEELE GOES ROUND legend is known by a single specimen that was not discovered until the twentieth century by numismatist Howland Wood. This variety differs from all other Higley Coppers. The Wheele Goes Round variety does not have a date but the reverse is the same as used with other normal obverse Higley dies which depict a Deer and the legend VALUE ME AS YOU PLEASE.

As of 2015, the Wheele Goes Ground Higley has only appeared in three auctions since its discovery. They are the following: Bowers and Ruddy’s Johns Hopkins University Sale of the Garrett Collection Part 3 in October, 1980, lot 1306; Stack’s John L. Roper, 2nd Collection sold December, 1983, lot 154; and Heritage’s Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part 1 sold January, 2015, lot 5637.

One obvious feature of this unique specimen has never been mentioned before in the literature as far as I know and that is that the reverse appears to have been double struck. This is only obvious in the word THROUGH in the legend I CUT MY WAY THROUGH. A close look at the spelling shows HRRUGHH not THROUGH. However, all the other lettering looks normal.

The Higley Coppers were originally valued as threepence although they were the size of a British halfpenny, which is why on many issues the legend VALUE ME AS YOU PLEASE was used.