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    1792 Washington Getz Cent, MS63 Brown
    Plain Edge, Copper, Musante GW-22 (F)

    1792 CENT Washington Getz Pattern Cent, Small Eagle, Copper, MS63 Brown NGC. Baker-25, Breen-1352, W-10775, Musante GW-22 (F), High R.5. Plain Edge, Narrow flan, 32 mm., 265.8 grains. This is coin number two in George Fuld's Condition Census of the copper Getz patterns. The reverse has no trace of die rust over the eagle's head and amongst the stars. For the collector seeking a single example from the Getz dies, the copper plain edge, narrow planchet variety is the logical choice; with a population of about 40 examples, it comprises nearly half the entire known population of all Getz varieties. Six or seven of those are fully Mint State, and just one or two examples are marginally finer than this lovely piece. The rich chocolate-brown surfaces are fully lustrous and display delicate blue overtones. All of the design elements are boldly defined, and trivial, grade-limiting marks are confined to the upper right obverse field. Most of those marks are the result of planchet roughness that wasn't obliterated by striking. Both sides are Prooflike with exceptional field reflectivity. Hints of original orange mint color are evident in the protected areas.

    Edouard Frossard offered this piece in his June 1883 sale where T. Harrison Garrett acquired the coin for his exceptional cabinet. Frossard wrote:

    "Half dollar. 1792. Military bust to left. G. WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT. 1. Rev. Eagle displayed, the American shield on his breast; in his right talon an olive branch, a bundle of arrows in his left, and thirteen [sic] stars about his head. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Edge plain, copper, uncirculated, rare."

    This is truly a wonderful example that will be the highlight of the new owner's cabinet of Washingtonia, a prize for the connoisseur.
    Ex: Ed Frossard (30th Sale, 6/1883), lot 98; T. Harrison Garrett; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Ruddy, 3/1981), lot 1715; Amwest (Robert L. Hughes and Steve Markoff); a California attorney named Hack (per George Fuld); Loren Barnett; Anthony Terranova; Donald G. Partrick.

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

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

    View all of [The Donald G. Partrick Collection ]

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