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    1792 Disme, Judd-9a, XF Details
    Unique Thick Flan

    1792 P10C Silver Disme, Judd-9a, Pollock-10 -- Scratches -- NGC Details. XF. 66.1 grains. The Donald G. Partrick 1792 Pattern Set
    The Partrick collection of 1792 patterns achieves far beyond any previous attempt. The present coin, the unique thick flan silver disme, represents yet another one-of-a-kind specimen in the Partrick cabinet. Besides privately held pieces, 1792 patterns exist in several institutional collections, including the Smithsonian, American Numismatic Society, American Numismatic Association, and New-York Historical Society. The institutional holdings further restrict an already ultra-low population, and, as a result, there are six coins in the 1792 set for which only a single example is available to collectors. Of these six, five are in the present offering. Yet, the Partrick collection goes even further. Combining the quest for extraordinary rarity with extraordinary quality, Partrick consistently pursued the finest known specimens. With only two exceptions (Judd-1 and Judd-10), every piece in the Partrick 1792 pattern set is the finest available to collectors. Among the most important specialized collections ever formed within the American catalog, the Partrick 1792s will long be considered a colossal achievement. The accompanying table captures the sheer difficulty of the task:

    Thick Flan Planchets in the 1792 Series
    The present coin was struck on a thick flan, as was the ANS specimen of the Eagle-on-Globe quarter in white metal (Judd-13). Piedforts, coins struck on thick planchets, are traditionally associated with presentation or ceremonial intent. In this case, they more likely represent a coinage experiment within the early Mint. Other presentation pieces during this period (for example, the George Washington set of silver Comitia Americana medals) were preserved at such. The silver center cent planchets (discussed in an earlier lot) are also thick flan pieces, and the group as a whole may indicate experimentation with the strip rolling apparatus in the early Mint.

    Further arguing against presentation status, two of the surviving 1792 piedforts are defaced. The 1792 date was removed from the present coin, and there are tooling marks in the left obverse field. This work was done before 1867, as it is described in the Mickley catalog of that year. The ANS Eagle-on-Globe quarter dollar exhibits two heavy gouges at the throat. The marks on these coins may represent cancellation attempts. Two other early patterns exhibit severe impairments, including the recently discovered 1792 plain edge copper disme (Judd-11) and the 1795 copper half dime in the Independence Hall collection (Judd-21). The 1795 copper half dime is especially significant as it was excavated from the site of the first Mint. The sample size is small, but at least one early pattern piece was almost certainly defaced within the Mint.

    Pedigree of the Unique 1792 Thick Flan Silver Copper Disme (Judd-9a)
    XF Details NGC. 66.1 grains. Joseph J. Mickley Collection (W. Elliot Woodward, 10/1867), lot 2131, realized $39 to Mendes I. Cohen; Colonel M.I. Cohen (Edward Cogan, 10/1875), lot 379, realized $20 to Jules Fonrobert, bidding as "Roberts"; Die Jules Fonrobert Sammlung (Adolph Weyl, 2/1878), lot 366; George Ulex Collection (Lyman Low, 7/1902), lot 431, realized $33.50; Henry Jewett Collection (S.H. Chapman, 6/1909), lot 1605, realized $280 to Thomas Elder; Colonel E. H. R. Green; Eric P. Newman and Burdette G. Johnson; Celina Coin Company, offered on page 1327 of the November 1946 edition of The Numismatist for $750; J. P. Morgan et al. (Hans M. F. Schulman, 4/1952), lot 855M, realized $300; Wayte Raymond; New Netherlands Coin Company, purchased by the Norwebs on January 31, 1958; Norweb Collection Part III (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3390, realized $28,600; Donald Groves Partrick; the present coin.
    Note: It seems likely that S.H. Chapman was the buyer at the Ulex sale and placed the coin in the Jewett auction for his own account. Henry Jewett died in 1897, so he could not have purchased the coin from the Ulex sale in 1902.

    Physical Appearance
    Liberty faces left, as on all the half dismes and dismes of this year. The reverse eagle is level and faces the right, differing with the upward flying, left facing eagle of the half disme. The thick flan weighs 66.1 grains, as compared to the statutory weight of 41.6 grains. The obverse is well struck with sharp lettering, and the depth of relief within Liberty's portrait reinforces the overall appeal of this thick flan specimen. The silver gray and brown color contrasts nicely with the protected areas in Liberty's hair. The 1792 date has been effaced and there are tooling marks in the left obverse field. The die alignment is 350 degrees (near medal alignment). The reverse exhibits smooth surfaces with even light brown color, with no marks of note save for a depression in E of STATES. The composition analysis by NGC reveals content of 92% silver and 7% copper.

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