|1792 Getz Pattern Cent, XF Details Rare Circles and Squares Edge Variety Baker-25D, Musante GW-2235.8 mm., 1832.2 grains. The majority of Getz coppers known today have a plain edge. In The Washington Pattern Coinage of Peter Getz, the late George Fuld enumerated 55 examples known to him in copper. Of those, he discussed 10 examples with the Circles and Squares edge as seen here, 42 examples with a plain edge, and four with the edge type unknown. The present piece is an 11th example with the ornamental edge, incorrectly recorded in the Fuld reference as a Plain Edge example. Five of the 11 known examples are in permanent museum collections, reducing the available population to just six other coins. Museum specimens are held in the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Museum of Connecticut History, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The present piece is recorded as number 27 in Fuld's accounting. This rich chocolate-brown example has pleasing surfaces showing handling marks and old scratches that are consistent with the grade and the age. Trivial edge marks appear over the H and N in WASHINGTON, and a slight flattening of the edge is noted over the D in PRESIDENT. Slight weakening of the lower edge of Washington's bust suggests that the obverse die may have been lapped. The reverse depicts the usual die bulge at the shield. Unlike many others, the milling is complete around the obverse and reverse borders on this large-diameter example. Ex: New Netherlands Coin Company (privately, 11/13/1961); Eric P. Newman; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Heritage Auctions 11/2018 (Newman XI), lot15008 (realized $20400).
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