1787 Illustration of a New Jersey Copper. Gentleman’s Magazine. Supplement. Vol. LVII (London, 1787). Sylvanus Urban, publisher.

1787 Illustration of a New Jersey Copper. Gentleman’s Magazine. Supplement. Vol. LVII (London, 1787).

8vo, self-covered. Pages 1133–1200; 1 well-engraved plate depicting the obverses and reverses of seven different coins or tokens, and the edge lettering of three of them, including a 1786 New Jersey copper. Removed from previous binding; very good. Item #5477

The Gentleman’s Magazine was a well-illustrated publication with high-quality engraved plates that not infrequently depicted coins. This issue includes one plate entirely of coins and would be notable even without the New Jersey piece as it must be one of the earliest numismatic illustrations to depict edge lettering on a coin (in this case, on three Conder tokens). It is most important now, however, for being quite possibly the earliest illustration of a New Jersey copper, both sides of which are depicted as Figure 6. Few instances are known of 18th-century American coins being depicted in contemporary printed illustrations, making this highly desirable.

Price: $250.00

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