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    1785 General Washington Copper, AU50
    Large Circle Confederatio Reverse, W-5645
    Only Six or Seven Known

    1785 COPPER General Washington / Confederatio, Large Circle Cent, Crosby Plate VII, No. 14, Baker-9, Breen-1125, Whitman-5645, High R.7, AU50 PCGS Secure. CAC.
    Ex: Roper/Donald G. Partrick Collection. 129.1 grains. An exceptional likeness of General George Washington appears on the obverse, with sharp stars on the reverse. The likeness of Washington is so well executed that it provides further evidence of an American origin for these pieces, traditionally attributed to England. Most of the 1780s Washington tokens that originated in England displayed rudimentary images.

    Despite the imperfect edge, this impressive piece is sharper than the Newman example that we sold in November 2014. This piece has pleasing mahogany-brown surfaces with a few scattered marks of no consequence. Current Condition Census data reveals a population of only seven examples of this rare colonial issue, and the status of one of those is uncertain. Listed on page 57 of the 2016 Guide Book.

    Roster of 1785 General Washington Confederatio Coppers
    1. AU53 PCGS. Bill Anton Collection. The Breen Complete Encyclopedia plate coin.
    2. AU50 PCGS Secure. John L. Roper, 2nd Collection (Stack's, 12/1983), lot 216; Gil Steinberg; Stack's (5/1993), lot 48; Jon Hanson (5/5/1993); Donald Groves Partrick Collection (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5641, realized $129,250. The present piece.
    3. Choice Very Fine. Lyman Low (201st sale, 5/1920), lot 20; Hillyer Ryder; Wayte Raymond; F.C.C. Boyd; Boyd Estate; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 287.
    4. VF30 NGC. Charlestown Bridge (Massachusetts) Toll Collector; Hon. Richard Frothingham; Thomas G. Frothingham; Lorin G. Parmelee (New York Coin & Stamp Co., 6/1890), lot 609; Chapman Brothers; James Ten Eyck (B. Max Mehl, 5/1922), lot 837; Waldo C. Newcomer; B. Max Mehl; "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $1,000.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (Heritage, 11/2014), lot 3024.
    5. VF20 NGC. Wayte Raymond (4/11/1924); John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1331; Donald Groves Partrick. Slated to appear in a future Partrick sale.
    6. VG/AG. Prann Collection; Hollinbeck Stamp & Coin Company (10/1/1953); Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/1988), lot 2628.

    Additional Appearance
    A. Uncertain. An example reported in the Massachusetts Historical Society, from William Sumner Appleton.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 849)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

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    Apr-May, 2016
    27th-1st Wednesday-Sunday
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