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    1792 Washington President Mule, AU55
    Very Rare Lettered Edge
    The Finest Baker-59A, GW-35 (B)

    1792 Washington President Perkins Pattern, First Legend Reverse, Copper, Lettered Edge, Baker-59A, Breen-1235, W-10695, GW-35 (B), High R.7, AU55 NGC. 176.2 grains, 30.7 mm. This mule combines the obverse of the Eagle and Stars coins, GW-31, with the 10-line inscribed reverse of the Washington Born Virginia coins. All of these pieces are known to be the work of Newburyport, Massachusetts, artist and mechanic, Jacob Perkins. Four of these are known with a Lettered Edge, along with 15 to 20 Plain Edge examples. This finest known example has rich chocolate-brown surfaces with trivial marks of no consequence. The strike is excellent, if a trifle weak at the central reverse as always for the first legend reverse. The reverse weakness is opposite the deepest recesses of the obverse die. An extremely important opportunity for the Washington specialist to acquire the finest known of just three pieces in private collections.

    Walter Breen enumerated four Lettered Edge pieces in his Complete Encyclopedia, and we have expanded slightly on his roster:

    1. AU55 NGC. Norweb Family Collection (Stack's, 11/2006), lot 2053; Donald G. Partrick. The present lot. Believed to be Ex: J. Carson Brevoort; Lorin G. Parmelee (New York Coin & Stamp Co., 6/1890), lot 809; Isaac F. Wood (Chapman Brothers, 7/1894), lot 199. Parmelee purchased the Brevoort Collection intact, kept pieces that he wanted, and consigned the balance to the Strobridge sale of June 1876.

    2. EF Details Polished per Stuart Levine. Joseph J. Mickley; Col. Mendes I. Cohen (Edward Cogan, 10/1875), lot 1490; William Sumner Appleton; Massachusetts Historical Society.

    3. VF. Matthew Adams Stickney; Col. James W. Ellsworth; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University (Bowers and Merena, 3/1981), lot 1733

    4. VG Details, Reverse Weaker, Graffiti. John L. Roper, 2nd (Stack's, 12/1983), lot 400, which realized $800.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2B78, PCGS# 720)


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