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    1792 Washington Getz Half Dollar, AU55
    Lettered Edge, Silver, Musante GW-22 (C)
    Struck Over 1679 Charles II Half Crown

    1792 50C Washington Getz Pattern Half Dollar, Small Eagle, Silver, AU55 NGC. Baker-24, Breen-1349, Musante GW-22 (C), Unique. Lettered edge, Wide flan, 35 mm., 218.5 grains. Only two are known with identified undertypes. However, the other example struck over a French Demi Ecu is not a true Lettered Edge since the edge has been ground down to appear plain.This is coin number seven in George Fuld's Condition Census of the silver Getz half dollars. While scattered marks appear throughout the upper reverse, there is no evidence of die rust. Both sides have lovely pewter-gray surfaces with strong design details showing only slight central weakness as usual. Traces of luster are apparent on the reverse.

    This coin is one of two Getz half dollars that were discussed in a September 1975 article by John J. Ford, Jr. in The Numismatist. The coin was initially described to Ford as having an ornamented edge. After receiving the coin from Europe, Ford and his associates determined that the coin has the edge lettered DECUS ~ ET ~ TUTAMEN ~ ANNO ~ REGNI ~ TRICESIMO ~ PRIMO ~ ++~. In his article, Ford went into detail on receipt, examination, and identification of this piece and its undertype:

    "Further study quickly suggested that the Getz dies had been struck over a British halfcrown, as the edge lettering resembled that used on many of the larger British milled denominations. Although most of the undertype was obliterated, it was first thought to be a George II coin of the type coined from 1731 to 1751, since the Roman numeral II was faintly discernible centered above our first President's head. However, subsequent study, undertaken after the piece was purchased, revealed otherwise. Since the edge lettering was almost uniformly visible around the circumference of the overstrike, even if most of the surface numerals, letters, and devices were not it was believed that disclosure of the Edge Year would reveal or confirm the type and exact date of the British coin ... Consultation with friend Jim Risk, of Stacks Coin Galleries in New York City, ascertained that the halfcrown was one of Charles II and not George II, and that its date was 1679."

    Ford conferred with Walter Breen, Richard Picker, and Donald Taxay regarding the present coin. None of them could recall having seen or read about an overstruck Getz half dollar aside from an obscure reference to an example struck over a French ecu that was listed in an 1859 A.B. Sage auction. "A lettered edge piece, struck over a British halfcrown, was certainly unknown to us."
    Ex: Unidentified Austrian Museum; Unnamed Austrian Dealer; Fred Werner; John J. Ford, Jr.; Donald G. Partrick.

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