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    1792 Washington President Copper, AU53
    Eagle and Stars Reverse, Lettered Edge
    The Finest of Seven Known, GW-31 (C)

    1792 CENT Washington Perkins Pattern Cent, Eagle and Stars Reverse, Copper, Lettered Edge, Baker-21, W-10670, Musante GW-31 (C), R.7. AU53 NGC. 179.5 grains. We know of seven examples of this important variety, two of which are held in museum collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Colonial Williamsburg; three others are damaged. The present coin and the fine Garrett-Roper piece are the only problem-free examples in private hands.

    This piece is plated in Sylvester S. Crosby's The Early Coins of America. A small rim nick between the E and N of PRESIDENT on the obverse, and the denticles on the obverse and reverse match the images of Crosby's plate X. It is also plated in the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins.

    Aside from the pedigree-marker, there are a few other trivial rim nicks of no consequence on each side. The chocolate-brown surfaces are semi-glossy and choice. The epaulet on Washington's shoulder and the coat buttons are a trifle indistinct. A small curved mark below seventh and eighth stars is also useful for tracking the provenance.
    Ex: Sylvester S. Crosby (John W. Haseltine, 6/1883), lot 292; later, Waldo Newcomer; B. Max Mehl (1/11/1937); R. Henry Norweb; Norweb Collection (Stack's, 11/2006), lot 2022; Donald G. Partrick.


    1. AU53 NGC (formerly PCGS AU53 in the 2006 Norweb sale). Likely Sylvester S. Crosby (included in the Crosby 1875 census) (John W. Haseltine, 6/1883), lot 292, which realized $55; Later: likely Newcomer (where listed as uncirculated) to B. Max Mehl who sold it on 1/11/1937 to Henry Norweb; Norweb Collection (Stack's, 11/2006), lot 2022, which realized $253,000; Donald G. Partrick. 179.5 grains. The Crosby Plate Coin. The Bowers Plate Coin. The finest known by far. The present coin.

    2. Fine. Col. James W. Ellsworth; John Work Garrett (3/1923); Garrett Collection; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers & Ruddy, 3/1981), lot 1712; John L. Roper, 2nd Collection (Stack's, 12/1983), lot 380. 179.1 grains. The Rulau-Fuld Plate Coin.

    3. EF45 Details per Stuart Levine. William Sumner Appleton (included in the Crosby 1875 census); Massachusetts Historical Society. 177.8 grains. Partial puncture on reverse.

    4. EF Details. Purchased from Ira S. Reed (11/21/1945) at $125; Benson Collection (Ira and Larry Goldberg, 2/2001), lot 119, silver washed, grid-pattern scratches in the left obverse field; Anthony Terranova; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

    5. EF Details. Likely Robert Coulton Davis (New York Coin & Stamp, 1/1890), lot 2469, which realized $31. Several deep nicks; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2009), lot 24, which realized $48,875; Early American History Auctions (8/2012), lot 350. (Formerly XF Details - Damaged - NCS. Now raw, heavily repaired - authenticated by PCGS but not certified per the 2012 lot description) although still listed on PCGS CoinFacts as XF45 and in PCGS holder # 16223588 per their certificate verification web page. The CoinFacts Plate Coin.

    6. Fine Details - Damaged - NGC. New York Signature (Heritage, 11/2013), lot 3490, which realized $16,450.

    7. Fine Details. Stearns Collection (Mayflower Coin Auctions, 12/1966), lot 289; Ted Craige Collection (Stack's, 1/2013), lot 11492; ANA Rarities Night (Stack's, 8/2013), lot 4005; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2018), lot 3077. (Formerly Fine Details - Holed - PCGS. Now plugged, and altered surfaces - see Coin World article of May 28, 2018, on coin alterations.)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B74, PCGS# 708)


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