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    1792 Getz Pattern Cent, AU53
    Unusual Coin Turn, Plain Edge, GW-22 (K)
    Extremely Rare Jumbo Example

    1792 CENT Washington Getz Pattern Cent, Small Eagle, Copper, AU53 NGC. Baker-25, Breen-1358, W-10775, Musante GW-22 (K), R.8. 36.9 x 37.2 mm., 330 grains. Plain Edge. This is coin number 17 in George Fuld's Condition Census of the copper Getz patterns. There is minimal evidence of reverse die rust on this jumbo example. Apparent die rust is noted along the lower edges of the E and S in STATES, but late die state pieces do not match, showing no rust under the bottom curve of the S. Fuld suggested that these jumbo pieces were struck several years later, circa 1799 to 1800, but we disagree, given the lack of die deterioration.

    There are three jumbo copper examples that measure greater than 35 mm., and weigh between 328 and 331 grains. This coin from the Donald G. Partrick Collection is the largest diameter and second heaviest example (1.4 grains below the heaviest) of any recorded Getz pattern in copper or silver. The next heaviest is 284 grains. In silver and copper, we know of 83 distinctively different Getz patterns, and we have recorded the die alignment for 37 of those pieces. This is the only one with coin-turn die alignment.

    This example is virtually flawless; a splendid survivor for the grade. The wide denticles at the lower left obverse seem to step up, as if the coin was double struck, as noted in the 1998 Reed Hawn catalog. That cataloger related that the double-strike was the controlling factor for the wide diameter. Both sides have semi-glossy olive and chocolate-brown surfaces with strong cartwheel luster. Slight rub is evident on the high points of Washington's profile, as well as the shield and wing tips. Trivial obverse rim nicks are noted at 6 and 12 o'clock. A remarkable and extremely rare entry in this amazing offering of Getz patterns.
    Ex: Julian Leidman; Q. David Bowers; Empire Review (#29); Bowers and Ruddy (11/1976), lot 386; Bowers and Ruddy (12/1977), lot 5098; Anthony Terranova; Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 5/1998), lot 112; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B7B, PCGS# 921)


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