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    1792 Washington Getz Half Dollar, VF20
    Plain Edge, Silver, Musante GW-22 (B)
    Long Established Provenance

    1792 50C Washington Getz Pattern Half Dollar, Small Eagle, Silver, VF20 NGC. Baker-24, Breen-1348, W-10780, Musante GW-22 (B), R.7. Plain edge, Wide flan, 35 mm., 204.0 grains. This is coin number 16 in George Fuld's Condition Census of the silver Getz half dollars. No die rust is visible among the 15 stars at the upper reverse of this piece. According to the accounting in Fuld, there are seven plain edge pieces on wide (35 mm.) planchets. The seven pieces grade between VF20 and XF45. No die rust is evident on at least five of those known, suggesting that these pieces were among the earliest produced. This example shows moderate wear on Washington's profile and on the eagle's shield and wings. The surfaces are a smooth and problem-free medium gray with delicate iridescent overtones. A small planchet flaw behind Washington's head matches the plate in Henry Chapman's 1918 sale of the Jackman Collection where the cataloger described lot 240:

    "1792 B24. Half dollar. G. Washington, President. 1792 Bust in costume facing to the left; same die as last. R. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Heraldic eagle with upraised wings; olive branch in right talon; while in the left are six arrows; clustered about his head and forming a star [sic] are 15 stars. Edge, plain. Silver. Very good. Slight scratch behind head. Excessively rare. See plate. Crosby plate X. 8, page 357 fig. 100. From Ely Coll. Jan. 8-10, 1884."



    Fuld relates that the defect in the upper right obverse field is a planchet flaw, as made, and not a scratch as Chapman described.
    Ex: William J. Jenks (Edward Cogan, 4/1877); Hon. Heman Ely (W. Elliot Woodward, 1/1884), lot 1128; S.H. and H. Chapman; Allison W. Jackman (Henry Chapman, 6/1918), lot 240; B.G. Johnson; Hans M.F. Schulman (4/1951), lot 1080; Charles French; John J. Ford, Jr.; Mike Brownlee; Julian Leidman; Abner Kreisberg (10/1978), lot 74; Julian Leidman; Alan Weinberg; Bertram Cohen; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 925)


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