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NEW JERSEY COPPER - 2 TROY OUNCES - 39MM (ANTIQUED)

$39.04

NEW JERSEY COPPER – 2 TROY OUNCES – 39MM (ANTIQUED)

$39.04

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Specifications

Weight

2.00 troy ounce

Diameter

39 mm

Edge

Reeded

Finish

Antiqued

Purity

.999 fine

Thickness

~6mm

Description

Intaglio Mint is excited to add another Colonial Tribute to our collection.  The New Jersey Copper, offered in 2 troy ounces, .999 fine silver, 39mm diameter with both BU and Antique finishes available.

As with many of the Colonials, the New Jersey Copper has a very interesting story behind its creation.  In 1786, the New Jersey Legislature authorized three men to mint three million coins at a weight of 150 grains each.  In return, the state would receive a 10% royalty.  The coppers were to circulate 15 coppers to one shilling, and were to be produced within the state.  At the time, the design had not been resolved.  The legislation only stated that they were to have “Marks and Inscriptions as shall be directed by the Justices of the Surpreme Court, or any one of them.  During the course of the creation of this coin, there were multiple lawsuits filed, even an incarceration.

The obverse of the copper displayed a plow beneath a horse head facing right with the legend NOVA CÆSAREA (as on the state coat of arms) and the date. The use of “CÆSAREA” is based on the ancient classical name for the Island of Jersey in the English Channel. In Roman times this island was called Caesar’s Island (insula Caesarea) so when latinizing the state name, the word “Jersey” was transformed to “Caesarea.” The 1688 indenture issued by Charles II called the colony “Nova Caesarea, of New Jersey.” The reverse of the coin depicted an American shield that is similar to one used on some of the confederation patterns along with the national motto as the legend, E PLURIBUS UNUM (One from many). New Jersey coppers were the first coins to bear the national motto.

To read the entire fascinating story, click here.

  • Contains: 2 oz. Troy .999 Fine Silver
  • Obverse: Depiction of a plow beneath a horse head facing right with the legend NOVA CÆSAREA (as on the state coat of arms) and the date, surrounded by triangularly pointed dentils and a full border.
  • Reverse: Depiction an American shield that is similar to one used on some of the confederation patterns along with the national motto as the legend, E PLURIBUS UNUM (One from many) Hallmark, “TWO TROY OUNCES .999 FINE SILVER surrounded by triangularly pointed dentils and a full border.
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