Doug Carlson there are some recommendations in the cataloging:
1. The Wood 16/17 group needs to be looked at closer. One piece labeled Wood 17 is actually Wood 16. The group with the NGC holder. Wood 16/17 differentiation is extremely difficult as few legitimate Wood 17's are around to use as standards. Update: Heritage
will change the cataloging of the slab from W17 to W16 but there may not be time to reslab it correctly.
2. The BL-Uncertain type with the cross in the field its reverse needs to be rotated 180*. Its not a head shaped figure its a Britannia shield. As NIA is on the right as in the Wood 38-a in my book and the ANS 1771 CNL Die Study on these types IMO. Although I can see why it was rotated incorrectly 180* - its has much more appeal UPSIDE DOWN! This can be considered a Blacksmith Wood 38 variant. Perhaps a 1771 date is present. Sometimes ownership can dictate provenance. This is the largest holding of Wood 38 variants known. Period. Unfortunately many of these pieces have no pedigrees! List the pedigrees IF KNOWN?https://coins.ha.com/itm/canada/bla...ction-120115
3. Wood 42 is unquestionably an English import Evasion as a new book coming out by the C4 group an enitre CCC Family is under a new tag Wood 42 CCC Family which die links this piece to other English made CCCs. Its not more British than Canadian ... its simply British! "Wood 42 is now part of the Wood 42 family of British counterfeits -- they have not been considered Blacksmith tokens for half a century or more BUT because they have a Wood number most collectors buy one just to have the number in their set (quoted from a noted California Collector)."
4. Several of the Wood pieces labeled as Blacksmiths as Wood-Unlisted are English imports. see this group.https://coins.ha.com/itm/canada/pai...ction-120115
5. This may be a Wood 38 variant as a ghost image of a harp is seen on the reverse.https://coins.ha.com/itm/canada/low...ction-120115
6. Some may consider this MULE a Blacksmith but it has no real proof as a Blacksmith ... it could be as much a Mexican product as well as a Canadian product. It will bring more money as Canadian so its become a Blacksmith by this reasoning. IMO. Delist IMO from Charlton or label it in the Miscellaneous Token section in Charlton.https://coins.ha.com/itm/canada/-me...ction-120115
7.Certainly another candidate for my listing of Wood 38's in the Forgotten Book - Crude Obverse Head/Irish Harp reverse and a 1771? date. Check during lot viewing. Some consider these Irish CCC and possibly imports being dated but its UNUSUAL they all have this 1771 date. Maybe not this piece. I consider these severe backdated Blacksmiths dated 1771. Its entry as Wood 38-d? by Charlton. Blacksmiths IMO.https://coins.ha.com/itm/canada/bla...ction-120115
8.These are all English CCC imports with a Vlack 10-77A ERROR retrograde image probably from a double coin flip process in the screwpress probably at two different time frames IMO using two planchets in the chamber. We see the infamous Wood 42 here a 100% English import. This error is not a squeeze job but its a Machins Mills error! not a Canadian Blacksmith error. Consider two planchets in the screwpress, consider two coin flips - possibly consider it was made under two different time frames as no planchet is ever discarded in the late 18thC at Machins Mills. Some may consider this form of error IMPOSSIBLE. However CCC errors sometimes take our imaginations to the limit!
Step 1: The Vlack 10-77A is fed into the screwpress and in the lower die a pre-struck planchet has flipped over in the screwpress. A new planchet is fed into the screwpress producing a weak obverse (left image) and a retrograde reverse or full reverse brockage. The weakened obverse image being produced since two planchets are now being struck. This I have seen on occasion on error screwpress coinage.
Step 2: Coin is discovered and attempted to be pulled out of the press but the up/down motion by another worker in the pit with the horse is not in sync. with the pit worker feeding the planchets. He attempts to pull it out but is unable and he accidentally fumbles it and it flips over and is half way out and the press is lowered again.
Step 3: It then receives a partial obverse strike on the reverse retrograde side.
Before you say unlikely or impossible see my new book Forgotten Coins or if anyone has Bill Anton's 1992 book he has some fascinating errors during this period as his AK-1 a 1777 George III farthing struck over a 1773 George III halfpenny which may be a die trial? See also Ringo: 6016 (Forgotten - Appendix - Ringo Collection) a triple strike but all evenly struck and showing 8 digits of three or four separate four digit dates!
Realize the striking pressure is not as great or forceful as you guys are expecting so it can be difficult or not as clear to distinguish a squeeze job to a real scenario. https://coins.ha.com/itm/canada/pai...ction-120115
9.Wood 38 as per the Forgotten Book (page 47) and a new Wood 38 candidate so Wood 38-e since we used (d) above already - if you were counting.https://coins.ha.com/itm/canada/pai...ction-120115
10. Not a Blacksmith but an Anton-Kesse (AK) variant of AK-2. See the 1992 Edition of Forgotten Coins Anton/Kesse edition Plate Coin #2 so AK-2. Since an AK-2 variant a British import - 100%. Great O/C error! https://coins.ha.com/itm/canada/bla...ction-120115
11. All the BL-15 Pennies are CRUDE. WONDERFUL! These are much more crude than the Freudenthal types under the Michael Dolley British Museum group SNJ I discuss in Forgotten. The debate will continue whether these were just meant for Ireland, imported from Birmingham for use in Ireland and then traveled to the Upper/Lower Canada regions or are strictly Blacksmiths and are local products being from this side of the Pond.
This was a tough group to differentiate out the English & Irish CCCs from the Canadian Blacksmiths. Enjoy the sale of these incredible historical pieces in this FANTASTIC collection.
LONG LIVE BLACKSMITHS!