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ANA Signature US Coin Sale 1258  2-6 Aug 2017
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Lot 3005

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Starting Price: 1 USD
Price realized: 2600 USD

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(Undated) SHILNG Good Samaritan/Oak Tree Silver Mule, Wyatt Copy, W-14092, MS63 PCGS. Essentially as struck, with golden-gray toning; a couple of dark spots on both sides do not detract. The obverse die break found on all known examples is visible from above the second A of MASATHVSETS through the dot to the left of 6 o'clock. This is a muling struck in or before 1863 by Edwin Bishop using copy dies created by Thomas Wyatt. Wyatt produced counterfeits of a number of Massachusetts silver coins in 1856, becoming the first forger to deliberately prey on the nascent American collector market. His Good Samaritan shilling was made at a time when the piece was thought to be a legitimate Massachusetts issue.
Ex: Stack's (5/1998), lot 47, flip included.

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