1723 Wood's Hibernia Halfpenny. Martin 4.34-Gb.3, W-13120. Rarity-2. MS-63 BN (PCGS).
Impressively preserved with mottled hazelnut surfaces and a radiance of fiery brilliance outlining many of the devices. The obverse is nicely struck and holds up well to magnification. Scrutiny of the reverse reveals slight roughness surrounding the central motif, but is left otherwise unblemished and attractive. Areas of darker patina are noted in the peripheral lettering of both sides, but these fail to distract. A very desirable Mint State example. Very few early colonial issues are found in Mint State as often as the Hibernia halfpennies of 1723 -- though the Virginia halfpence issues of 1773 are certainly in the running, and may indeed be somewhat more prolific. Unlike the Virginia pieces, however, the Hibernia pieces are found more often in circulated grades.
Pedigree: From our sale of the Dr. Richard P. Ariagno Collection, Part I, January 1980, lot 865. Sale tag included.