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    1792 Washington Getz Half Dollar, VF35
    Twinned Leaf Edge, Silver, Musante GW-22 (E)

    1792 50C Washington Getz Pattern Half Dollar, Small Eagle, Silver, VF35 NGC. Baker-24, Breen-1351, W-10792, Musante GW-22 (E), R.8. Twinned Leaf edge, Wide flan, 34 mm., 251.8 grains. This is coin number five in George Fuld's Condition Census of the silver Getz half dollars. It exhibits no die rust. When this early state example was offered in the 2004 Ford sale, the cataloger noted that it was the finer of two known with the Twinned Olive Leaf Edge. Five years later, George Fuld published The Washington Pattern Coinage of Peter Getz, where he identified a third example in Austria. That Vienna Museum coin is the finest of the three. The present example is the finer of the two held privately. The other is the Baker-Historical Society of Pennsylvania piece that is described as Fine Details, plugged. When that coin was deaccessioned and sold in November 2019, it realized $21,600 despite the extensive damage.

    Lovely pewter-gray surfaces exhibit a minor scratch over President Washington's head, along with slightly granular surfaces. A nicely detailed representative of this extremely rare variety that shows softness and wear limited to Washington's profile, the shield, and the eagle's wings.

    When the Ford Collection of Getz silver and copper patterns was offered in May 2004, the cataloger wrote that it was the largest offering of Getz coins ever to appear at auction. That sale included three silver Small Eagle pieces, two copper Small Eagle pieces, the uniface obverse that is now held in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Collection, the Large Eagle coin of questionable origin, and the Fonrobert struck copy, likely of late 19th century origin. Only the three silver and two copper Small Eagle pieces in the Ford sale are contemporary Getz coins.

    Today, we offer a larger selection of Getz Small Eagle coins than appeared in the Ford sale. This offering from the Donald G. Partrick Collection includes an unprecedented five silver examples and three copper pieces. In addition, one silver and one copper Getz Small Eagle coin will appear in our April 2021 Partrick Platinum! event. The ten examples in the Partrick Collection sets a new record for the largest collection of Getz Small Eagle coins ever offered.
    Ex: Andrew C. Zabriskie (Henry Chapman, 6/1909), lot 109; Carl Wurtzbach; Virgil M. Brand; Brand Estate; New Netherlands Coin Co.; Wayte Raymond; Raymond Estate; New Netherlands Coin Co.; F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 30; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 927)


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