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1787 N York Excelsior, Eagle Left, Uniface Strike, Fantasy Pattern. Real?

 
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 Posted 05/20/2020  04:10 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add almostpennylane to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi! I'm very new to coin collecting, so I appreciate any help with this one. I found what appears to be a 1787 N York Excelsior, Eagle Left, BN (Uniface Strike). The coin flip states "Uniface Strike, Fantasy Pattern". I found it buried in an eBay junk lot, so I'm mildly skeptical of what it exactly is/what its worth. Feels very solid. As copper should. Not magnetic either. Thoughts?








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05/20/2020 4:38 pm
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 Posted 05/20/2020  6:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As it says, it is a modern fantasy and has no real value,
Gary Schmidt
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 Posted 05/20/2020  7:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add almostpennylane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for your input. As I mentioned I'm pretty new to coin collecting and have found a lot of varying information in regards to fantasy patterns, how they originated, and what they can be worth.
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 Posted 05/21/2020  08:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This isn't any kind of pattern. The design is a poor copy of the 1797 Excelsior copper (eagle facing left) that is assumed to be related to the state of New York. The blank with border side is reminiscent of many arcade tokens made since the early 1980's so that is probably around the time it was made. It is also very similar to many storecard tokens that were popular with coin dealers in the 70's and 80's. It could be a sales example for being shown to dealers to try and solicit an order. In some cases they would send potential customers several one sided pieces for them to select from. The dealers name, address etcwould be put on the back of the actual storecards.
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 Posted 05/21/2020  3:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add almostpennylane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for that all info!! Very interesting and I appreciate you taking the time to explain
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