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    1792 Roman Head Cent, PR65 Brown
    Hancock's Tribute to Washington
    Baker-19, Only 10 Certified at PCGS

    1792 CENT Washington Roman Head Cent PR65 Brown PCGS. CAC. Baker-19, Breen-1249, W-10840, Musante GW-21, R.6. Technically part of the Conder token series, the 1792 Washington Roman Head cents were reportedly struck in Birmingham, England from dies that John Gregory Hancock engraved. Hancock is often called a young engraving prodigy, but that is not an accurate statement. Leonard Forrer stated that Hancock was an engraver circa 1775 to 1815, and Breen mistakenly assumed that those were his life dates. Birmingham records indicate that he was married in 1780, suggesting that he was actually born circa 1760, and in his 30s when these dies were engraved.

    Struck expressly for contemporary collectors, these pieces show Washington in official Roman garb. The number produced is not known today, but was undoubtedly a small number, as few examples survive today. Some estimates suggest that 15 to 20 have survived, while other estimates suggest 25 to 30. Either way, this is an important colonial type, one that only a few collectors can acquire. PCGS has certified ten 1792 Washington Roman Head cents in all grades, including two in PR65 Brown and two in PR66 Brown. The population includes possible resubmissions.

    This satin Gem has pristine light brown surfaces with trivial marks consistent with the PR65 grade. Among the best that survive, this piece has lovely iridescent toning and traces of original mint color. This fully struck piece will make an excellent addition to an advanced Washington collection. Listed on page 85 of the 2020 Guide Book.
    Ex: Don Taxay; Howard Collection (Stack's Bowers, 8/2011), lot 7182.
    From The Poulos Family Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 731)


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