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     1792 Disme Reverse - Judd 10


Variety: Judd 10

Mintage: Unrecorded

Rarity: Approximately 15 known

Designer: Unknown
Engraver: Unknown

Diameter: 23 mm

Metal Content: Copper

Weight range: 58.6 grams

Edge: Reeded diagonally

Images courtesy of the Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
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".

Notes: Breen 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 plain edge).  

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


Images courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution

Obverse of 1792 Disme - Judd 10     Reverse of 1792 Disme - Judd 10

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 2001, Lot 152, previous owners unlisted.

Obverse of 1792 Disme - Judd 10     Reverse of 1792 Disme - Judd 10

PCGS VF-25.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale" May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1046, where it was described as follows:  "1792 Disme in Copper Breen-1362 Judd-10 Rarity-6+ PCGS graded Very Fine-25. Glossy medium brown and chocolate. There is a dull dent on SCIE in SCIENCE with corresponding weakness at ITED on the reverse, plus a series of rim bruises over INDUS and corresponding rim under SME on the reverse. Otherwise the only marks are a couple faint hairlines on each side and a few light nicks under the eagle. Everything is legible except for ED in UNITED, and the date is bold. The reverse is rotated 140 degrees CCW from normal coin (head-to-foot) orientation. An extremelly rare pattern for our early Federal coinage. Struck at our fledgling Federal Mint between September and December of 1792..."