||(c. 1670) FARTH St. Patrick Farthing VF20 NGC. Breen-208, W-11500. Another sub-variety of the Nothing Below King type, this time with the letters of FLOREAT getting progressively smaller in the obverse legend and QVIE larger than SCAT on the reverse. An interesting variant, with the church leaning the right and seemingly sliding off the coin. Deep olive granularity in the fields contrasts with smooth, brown devices for a two-toned appearance. The brass splasher is applied wide left so it is half-on, half-off the crown. Nicely detailed for such an early copper, which traveled from Ireland to the Colonies, most likely in a wooden keg, after being coined in unknown and possibly primitive conditions. It circulated in the Colonies for an unknown amount of time before being tucked away, lost, or buried. Seldom available in a higher grade. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $998.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.