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    1792 Washington Getz Pattern Cent, MS62 Brown
    Small Eagle, 15 Stars, Struck in Copper
    Baker-25, Musante GW-22

    1792 CENT Washington Getz Pattern Cent, Small Eagle, Copper MS62 Brown NGC. Baker-25, W-10775, Musante GW-22, High R.5. Plain Edge. Narrow flan. 32 mm. 16.63 gm (256.7 gns). This is an extraordinary example of a rare and highly desirable Washington pattern piece, struck from dies believed to have been engraved by Peter Getz as a proposed coinage design for the United States.

    In the 2009 census of copper Getz pieces published by George Fuld, this piece is listed as coin number seven. Two of the pieces ranked ahead of it have ornamental edges; one of the remaining plain-edged examples is in the British Museum. This leaves three plain-edged examples in private hands ranked ahead of this, one of which is the scratched Ford example. It is worth noting that when that piece was sold in the 2004 sale of Part II of Ford's collection, it was cataloged as Extremely Fine. Quibbles aside, the present example undoubtedly remains among the finest of its kind.

    This glossy chocolate-brown coin exhibits an exceptional level of detail for the type, even among the few high-grade survivors. The eagle's features are rendered in breathtaking clarity, with each individual barb, painstakingly engraved, clearly and distinctly visible. The hatching in the stars above the eagle, unseen on most examples, is perhaps more obvious on the present coin than on any other Getz copper. While centering on these smaller-planchet coins is often problematic, the entire reverse legend is on-planchet, with the U of UNITED barely touching the rim. Only the eagle's knees and the central pale (or vertical stripe) on the shield show even faint weakness. The obverse strike is well above-average for high-grade examples, with fine detail in the epaulette's shoulder strap and on Washington's hair calling out for attention. Close examination reveals a scattering of light marks, long since toned over, in the obverse and reverse fields, most obvious in the reverse legends through TES OF AMER. A small rim bump occurs on the reverse at 7 o'clock, though it is unobtrusive enough to not show through on the obverse. Listed on page 84 of the 2020 Guide Book.
    Ex: Richard Picker Collection (Stack's, 10/1984), lot 310; Alan V. Weinberg Collection, Part I (Heritage, 1/2019, as AU58+), lot 4304. (NGC ID# 2B7B, PCGS# 921)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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