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

1785 ImmCol Silver Pattern 13 Stars (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
829
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Auction Record:
$135,125 • NGC AU53 • 11-14-2014 • Heritage Auctions
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80,000
30
40
97,500
40
45
115,000
45
50
135,000
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58
175,000
58
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU55 PCGS grade

Virgil Brand Estate, via unknown intermediary on 2/4/1964 - Ellis Robison Collection - Stack’s 2/1982:99 - Archangel Collection - Stack's/Bowers 10/2018:7064, $102,000

1 AU55 estimated grade  

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - DeWitt Smith Collection - Virgil Brand Collection (inventory #46458) - Bowers & Merena 6/1984:956, $4,620

3 AU50 estimated grade  

Edouard Frossard, sold privately on 2/13/1883 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1333, $25,000 - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 5/2004:284, $63,250 - Donald Groves Partrick Collection - Heritage 1/2015:5646, $117,500

4 XF45 estimated grade  

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, Part V - Heritage 11/2014:3022, $135,125 - Heritage 2/2017:3605, $129,250

5 XF details, damage PCGS grade  

George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:2156 - Allison W. Jackman Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1918:215 - F.C.C. Boyd Estate - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Ted L. Craige Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:308, $64,625

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU55 PCGS grade

Virgil Brand Estate, via unknown intermediary on 2/4/1964 - Ellis Robison Collection - Stack’s 2/1982:99 - Archangel Collection - Stack's/Bowers 10/2018:7064, $102,000

1 AU55 estimated grade  

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - DeWitt Smith Collection - Virgil Brand Collection (inventory #46458) - Bowers & Merena 6/1984:956, $4,620

3 AU50 estimated grade  

Edouard Frossard, sold privately on 2/13/1883 - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1333, $25,000 - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 5/2004:284, $63,250 - Donald Groves Partrick Collection - Heritage 1/2015:5646, $117,500

4 XF45 estimated grade  

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, Part V - Heritage 11/2014:3022, $135,125 - Heritage 2/2017:3605, $129,250

5 XF details, damage PCGS grade  

George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:2156 - Allison W. Jackman Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1918:215 - F.C.C. Boyd Estate - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Ted L. Craige Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:308, $64,625

Ron Guth: The Silver 1785 Immune Columbia Pattern is a wonderful, rare coin that has close relationships with other contemporary series.  The reverse (NOVA side) ties directly into the Nova Constellatios and the Immune Columbia side also appears in the Vermont Copper series (where it appears on the Rare Ryder 1). 

This type is known as the 13 Stars Reverse to differentiate it from the Nova Reverse that has an extra, 14th Star placed between NOVA and CONSTELLATIO.

While esimates of as many as a dozen examples exist, we know of only seven demonstrably different pieces.  The finest appears to be the coin from the Parmelee collection, which has never been certified in the modern era, but which appears to be a nice AU example.