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Rare 1792 Getz 'Cent' Pattern
Copper, Baker-25, VF20

1792 1C Washington Getz Pattern Cent, Small Eagle, Copper VF20 PCGS. Baker-25, W-10775, R.6. Plain edge, close to medal turn. 263.0 gn, per its 1979 Stack's appearance. President Washington supported a Federal mint under the fledgling Constitution, but progress was delayed until Dec. 21, 1791. On that date, Senator Robert Morris introduced a bill that would place the portrait of the current President on U.S. coinage. Peter Getz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was commissioned by Morris to strike patterns. For design inspiration, Getz turned to John Gregory Hancock's Baker-16 1791 Small Eagle cent. But Washington regarded Presidential portraits on coins to be monarchial, and the patterns were rejected and apparently released into circulation.
This dark brown example has scattered faded field marks, and several letters in WASHINGTON are faint. A small rim ding is noted at 5 o'clock on the reverse. The reverse displays pleasing definition on the eagle's plumage, branch, and arrows. Listed on page 78 of the 2010 Guide Book.
Ex: Donald Fleischer Collection (Stack's, 12/1979), lot 600.
(NGC ID# 2B7B, PCGS# 921)


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