||1795 1/2P Washington Liberty & Security Halfpenny, ASYLUM Edge AU58 NGC. Baker-31A, W-11005, R.6. The Liberty and Security halfpence and pennies were both produced in England, though the halfpence are decidedly scarcer. Four rare varieties are known (plus two mules), differentiated by their edge inscriptions. The plain edge variety is rarest, followed by this ASYLUM edge variant, rarest of the lettered edge varieties. NGC has certified only four examples of this variety in all grades (4/14), and Rulau and Fuld estimate at least 15 are extant. Only a brush of friction is seen over the glossy auburn-brown surfaces of this piece, with boldly struck devices and excellent eye appeal. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $2,350.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.