1723 Pattern Wood's Hibernia Farthing. Martin 3.2-Bc.10, W-Unlisted. Rarity-5. Silver. MS-63 (PCGS).
75.62 grains. Bright silver-gray with steel highlights throughout. The strike is sharp and the somewhat reflective fields and smooth devices reveal no marks of any appreciable substance. Essentially as sharp and as appealing, at least to this writer (FVV), as the Specimen-64 example we just offered in our January 2013 Americana Sale in New York City, that piece lot 10644. The accompanying envelope for this lot reads: "Woods 1/4 d - Proof-Silver - From 'Baldwin's' - Documented to Col. Wood's Hoard in Silver Tube Owned by Vlack (4-63)." Choice for the grade with grand all-around eye appeal and physical quality.
The present piece is reportedly from a small hoard of 20 to 25 pieces that came to the fore in England in the late 1950s. The pieces were enclosed in a silver tube along with some copper farthing patterns. The tube of coins descended through Wood's family and was "discovered" by Albert Baldwin of the London firm by that name. The tube also contained silver halfpennies that had been fashioned into end caps for the tube -- this unusual and rare item is illustrated at page 410 in Syd Martin's The Hibernia Coinage of William Wood (1722-1724).
Pedigree: From the Ted L. Craige Collection. Earlier ex: Robert Vlack. Paper envelope with pedigree and attribution notes included.