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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 31, July 30, 2006, Article 21

1792 COPPER CENT STORY

Denis Loring writes: "Thanks to Bob Leonard for setting the record
straight on the "Gold Dust Currency" Chicago Coin Club publication.
This item was given to me when I was collecting California gold and
its literature.  I had no idea as to its true story."

Denis also made the E-Sylum last week because of the article on the
1792 copper cent he and his wife recently sold through Goldberg Coins
& Collectibles Auctions.  The coin was one that "walked in off the
street" at the 2004 Pittsburgh ANA convention, where I was General
Chairman.  I never got to see coin, unfortunately.  Here is a link
to the catalog entry on the Goldbergs' web site:
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Denis adds: "The coin listed as #7 in their census, ex Stack's
1/78:476, is counterfeit, and was returned to Stack's by the buyer.
#4 is appearing in the upcoming ANR sale."

Here's an except from the American Numismatic Rarities catalog entry:
"A rarity in all grades, the grade-population curve of Judd-2 would
look like the inverse of that of Judd-1. Unlike the Silver Center
cents, the bulk of which are EF with a few finer, the 1792 copper cents
are nearly all in wretched condition  this one is certainly above
average. The Smithsonian piece is the only one whose grade is excellent
and whose surfaces are smooth. The Norweb piece was rough but sharp,
while the Garrett coin was rough, showed little detail at central
reverse, and exhibited a mint-made planchet cutter mark. And those
are the better ones!"
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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