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[ US Coins ] 1792 Silver Center Cent
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[ US Coins ] 1792 Silver Center Cent. Brilliant Uncirculated. A spectacular example of this rare early mint issue. 69.9 grains. Lovely, medium gray-brown in color with magnificent, iridescent blue and rose toning. The colors on this coin are finer than those on almost any other early copper this cataloguer has ever seen. Both sides were sharply struck and perfectly centered, with full borders of denticles around the rims. Full silver plug, also nicely centered on both sides. A small, mint made rim pinch at 11:00 on the obverse is noted. Rare: there are only 11 or 12 specimens known (the uncertainty caused by the Gschwend and Ellsworth crossover pedigree chains). The one Wurtzbach showed at the 1912 ANA convention was described at the time as Unc. It could be Garrett's or Norweb's, which are the only two that have ever been graded Unc., or it could be a 13th that has since been lost. Second Finest Known, exceeded only by the Garrett coin, which is off the market. {cp8}(SEE COLOR PLATE) Ex Norweb Collection ( Bowers & Merena, November 14, 1988, lot 3342); earlier, ex Harry Forman, Charles Dochkus, P.H. Ward, University of Pennsylvania, Brock Collection. The 1792 Silver Center Cents were struck on or just before December 17, 1792. Henry Voigt, chief coiner to the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, designed the issue, which has been called a pattern by some. Congress tasked Voigt with creating a small coin that would have the intrinsic value of a Cent but that would not be as big as one that had a full Cent's worth of copper in it. His solution was to make the first United States bimetallic coin, the Silver Center Cent. Thomas Jefferson sent two sample coins to President George Washington on December 18, 1792. Jefferson described them as ``two cents made on Voigt's plan by putting a silver plug or ;3/4 of a cent into a copper worth {GFFRAC}1
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