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

1783 P '1000' Nova Constellatio (Proof)

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PCGS PR65+
PCGS #:
822
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Auction Record:
$190,000 • MS60 • 11-1-1979 • Bowers & Ruddy
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 1 R-10.0 1 / 5 TIE 1 / 5 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 5 TIE 1 / 5 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 5 1 / 5
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65+ PCGS grade  

Weight: 268.5 grains (per Bowers & Ruddy) - 269.8 grains (per Breen)
Diameter: 33 mm
Edge: Ornamented leaf pattern

Charles Thomson (secretary of the Continental Congress) - subsequently to his nephew’s son - Rathmell Wilson, who sold them to John W. Haseltine in 1872 - Henry S. Adams of Boston - Lorin G. Parmelee - H.P. Smith - Chapman brothers - George H. Earle, Jr. - Henry Chapman 6/1912 - Col. James W. Ellsworth - John Work Garrett - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:622, $190,000 - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection- unnamed collector(s) purchased privately circa 2007 from Ford Family Trust through Stack's

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65+ PCGS grade  

Weight: 268.5 grains (per Bowers & Ruddy) - 269.8 grains (per Breen)
Diameter: 33 mm
Edge: Ornamented leaf pattern

Charles Thomson (secretary of the Continental Congress) - subsequently to his nephew’s son - Rathmell Wilson, who sold them to John W. Haseltine in 1872 - Henry S. Adams of Boston - Lorin G. Parmelee - H.P. Smith - Chapman brothers - George H. Earle, Jr. - Henry Chapman 6/1912 - Col. James W. Ellsworth - John Work Garrett - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:622, $190,000 - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection- unnamed collector(s) purchased privately circa 2007 from Ford Family Trust through Stack's

David Hall: The Nova Constellatio silver "1000" pattern is unique. Like the other Nova Constellatios its list of previous owners includes Parmelee, Ellsworth, Garrett, and John Ford. This amazing piece of early Americana brought $190,000 at the Garrett auction in November, 1979 (John Ford was the buyer). This made it one of the most expensive coins at the sale and the price was nearly as much as a 1913 Liberty nickel would have sold for at the time.