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    (1791) George III, Large Eagle Mule
    MS65 Brown, GW-15-M1

    (1791) George III / Large Eagle Mule, W-10620, Breen-1216, GW-15-M1, Unique. MS65 Brown NGC. The Westwood Mint, of Birmingham, England, issued the 1791 Large and Small Eagle cents (Baker-15 and Baker-16) with the intention of securing a coinage contract with the United States. Walter Breen asserted that John Gregory Hancock was the engraver for both varieties. The fine style of those two varieties was influential in the United States, where the designs were imitated by Peter Getz and Jacob Perkins. The present extremely rare mule pairs a handsomely engraved George III obverse with the Large Eagle reverse. The obverse die was presumably executed by Hancock as well, and made circa-1791, when the 1791 Washington cents were coined. The purpose of the mule is unknown; it is incongruous to pair King George III with the Great Seal of the United States. The planchet is oversized, and the piece may have been made as a trial for either die prior to large-scale production. Struck slightly uncentered toward 6 o'clock, but all design elements are complete. The strike is intricate, and the semiprooflike chocolate-brown, steel-gray, and golden-brown surfaces are practically pristine.
    Ex: New Netherlands (12/1968), lot 491; Donald G. Partrick. Earlier, Ex: Charles Clay, Esq. (W.H. Strobridge, 12/1871), lot 996; Isaac Wood Collection (Chapman Brothers, 7/1894), lot 195.


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