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    1792 Washington President Cent
    Rare Baker-21, Fine Details

    1792 CENT Washington President Cent, Eagle With Stars, Lettered Edge -- Holed -- PCGS Genuine. Fine Details. Baker-21, Breen-1229, W-10670, Musante GW-31, R.7. One of the rarities of the Washington series, with perhaps six pieces known. The Baker-21 combines the WASHINGTON PRESIDENT obverse with the eagle reverse having 13 stars along the top. The edge is lettered UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Other variants exist with plain edges, with both edge variants known in copper and silver (one lettered edge example in gold is known). The present piece has a chocolate-brown patina and mostly even wear. It is holed above Washington's head. A small amount of reverse edge roughness is noted, but the overall appearance remains attractive.

    For years, these were attributed to engraver John Gregory Hancock and thought to be struck by Obediah Westwood of Birmingham. However, researcher John Kraljevich published evidence in the August 2010 issue of The Numismatist strongly suggesting that they are the work of American Jacob Perkins, who based his work on Hancock's 1791 pieces. The finest known example is the AU Norweb coin, which sold for $253,000 in November 2006.
    Ex: Stearns Collection (Mayflower, 12/1966), lot 289; Ted Craige Collection (Stack's, 1/2013), lot 11492.


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