||(1783-1795) 1/2G Regulated Gold: Ephraim Brasher Counterstamp on a Great Britain Half Guinea VF30 NGC. 61.7 grains. EB in oval cartouche. Ephraim Brasher (1744-1810) was without a doubt the most respected and well-known of the New York goldsmiths. He is famous for his eponymous doubloon, one of the greatest United States colonial coins that exists today. He resided on Cherry Street in lower Manhattan, in George Washington's neighborhood. His countermark on foreign coins circulating in 18th century America assured the assay or quality of those coins. This wheat-gold half guinea is a pleasing host coin that carries the famous hallmark. The lower edge is clipped, undoubtedly contemporaneously, reducing its weight to slightly below the New York standard of 5 dwt, 6 grains for one guinea (or 63 grains for the half guinea). American regulated gold coinage represents an important specialty in the field of colonial numismatic history. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $58,750.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.