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Washington Wednesday: 1792 Washington Getz Half Dollar NGC MS63, Finest Silver Getz Pattern

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 Posted 02/24/2021  08:35 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
1792 50C Washington Getz Pattern Half Dollar, Small Eagle, Silver, MS63 NGC. Baker-24, Breen-1350, W-10790, Musante GW-22 (D), High R.7. Ornamented edge, Wide flan, 35 mm., 214.5 grains. This is coin number one in George Fuld's Condition Census of the silver Getz half dollars. This late die state silver example has extensive die rust throughout the stars above and around the eagle's head, with patches evident at the three stars to the upper left, the four top stars, and the three stars above and right of the eagle's head. Additional die rust is evident through ATE of STATES. Examples of the Getz patterns with substantial die rust may have been struck as late as 1795. In fact one piece is known with a 1794 undertype. Because of the uncertain future of the less-than-profitable early U.S. Mint, Getz would have continued making samples in the hope of obtaining a coinage contract. We believe all these pieces to have been made contemporaneously.

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Very interesting, especially how rust on the die affected the strike.
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I wonder why Getz did not clean the rust of his die?
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