1792 DISME IN COPPER,
Rarity: Approximately 15 known
Diameter: 23 mm
Metal Content: Copper
Weight range: 58.6 grams
Edge: Reeded diagonally
Images courtesy of the Heritage
PCGS Specimen-65 Brown (illustrated above). Ex Col. James
W. Ellsworth Collection (Wayte Raymond, 1923) - Garrett IV (Bowers
& Ruddy, 3/1981), lot 2352, where it was graded About
Uncirculated and realized $54,000 - Marvin Brauder - Alhambra Coin Center,
sold in 1998 - Hanks & Associates - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "E-Fair Signature
Sale", October 8, 1999, Lot 6187, unsold (as of November
23, 1999, this coin was being offered by Hanks & Associates of El
Paso, Texas for $575,000; then, in the May 22, 2000 issue of Coin World,
the asking price was raised to $700,000) - "a group of private
investors" - Rare Coin Wholesalers of California - Benchmark
Ventures, L.P. with an asking price of $1.2 million. The reeding on this coin was described by
Hanks as "vertical".
attributes the obverse to Adam Eckfeldt, after Rittenhouse? and the
reverse to Birch.
See also: Judd 9 (Silver Disme) and Judd 11 (Copper Disme with a
Sources and/or recommended reading:
"United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces" by J.
Hewitt Judd, M.D.
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of United
States and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
Eric von Klinger,
"Texan Firm Plans To Sell Only 1792 Proof Disme," COIN
WORLD, December 16, 2002, pages 1 and 90