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    1792 Washington Getz Pattern Cent, VF30
    Baker-25, W-10775, Narrow Flan

    1792 CENT Washington Getz Pattern Cent, Small Eagle, Copper VF30 PCGS. Baker-25, W-10775, Musante GW-22, High R.5. Plain Edge. 32 mm. Named after the man believed to be responsible for their creation, Peter Getz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the 1792 Getz patterns were reportedly struck "for distribution to members of Congress in support of Robert Morris' bill calling for the establishment of a mint," according to Neil Musante. Several varieties exist, including metal, diameter, and edge variants. This is the variety in copper on a narrow, 32 mm planchet with a plain edge. Fewer than 60 pieces are known in copper and only 20 or so in silver survive from an estimated production of 200 coins. Copper for the planchets was apparently obtained from old stills.

    The surfaces display pleasing chocolate-brown color and even wear with contact limited to scattered minuscule marks. Identifying characteristics include planchet flakes below the front of the bust and below the back portion of the bust on the obverse, with that side struck only slightly off-center. Struck in medal turn, with the alignment being such that both sides appear upright when the piece is turned over. The reverse of this example exhibits an off-center strike, with a small portion of the legend at upper right missing as a result. Areas of faint verdigris appear on the reverse but detract little, if anything, from the appearance. Listed on page 84 of the 2020 Guide Book.
    Ex: Matthew A. Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907), lot 395; Gilbert Steinberg Collection (Stack's, 5/1992), lot 4; Benson Collection (Goldberg Auctions, 2/2001), lot 122; Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I (Heritage, 6/2014), lot 30001; Anthony Bettencourt Collection / Baltimore Auction (Stack's Bowers, 3/2017), lot 398.

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


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