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    1792 Roman Head Cent, PR08
    Baker-19, W-10840, GW-21
    One of Perhaps 20 Pieces Extant

    1792 CENT Washington Roman Head Cent PR08 PCGS. Baker-19, W-10840, Musante GW-21, R.6. The Roman Head cent is one of the great rarities in the popular series of early Washingtonia. John Gregory Hancock engraved the dies, and the coins were struck at the Birmingham Mint "for cabinet purposes, with none intended for circulation," according to Bowers' Colonial Encyclopedia. About 20 pieces are believed extant, nearly all of them in high grades. Nine of the 11 submissions at PCGS and NGC combined grade between PR61 to PR66. This is the only piece to have seen circulation.

    We believe this well-worn Roman Head cent appeared as lot 847 in William E. Woodward's sale of the Holland Collection in November 1878. The description reads: "This cent, one of the seven of this variety known, was taken from circulation, and is the more interesting from having long served its purpose as a coin. In fair condition and of great rarity." The lot realized $20.00, a significant sum for the time.

    On the obverse, the legends are almost entirely clear with RESI somewhat obscured. A few rim bumps occur below the date, and the portrait maintains bold outlines. Partial feather detail remains on the eagle, which is strong for the grade. Only the arrows are indistinct. Reddish-brown surfaces display a few inconsequential marks. Listed on page 85 of the 2018 Guide Book.
    Ex: Possibly The Holland Collection (William E. Woodward, 11/1878), lot 847.
    From The Julian Kaufman Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 731)


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