||1787 TOKEN Auctori Plebis Token VF20 NGC. Breen-1152, R.7. The inscription, AUCTORI PLEBIS, classifies these late 18th century coppers as "evasion" halfpence, as evidenced by Breen and Newman. Varieties are known with left and right-facing busts, the latter being significantly the rarer. Breen lists two right-facing varieties that are uniface, both undated and described as extremely rare. This piece represents the variety with the ornaments within the legend, and is evenly struck, with clear lettering and above-average definition on the bust. The smooth chocolate-brown surfaces are problem-free. A thin die crack is seen down from the obverse rim at 10 o'clock, and a small planchet clip is noted at 2 o'clock. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1,116.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.