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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 49, December 3, 2006, Article 17

THOUGHTS ON THE 1792 WASHINGTON CENT IN GOLD PEDIGREE GAP

Last week George Fuld asked for information on the 1792 Washington
cent in gold (see link below).  Saul Teichman writes: "Breen, under
number 1233 in his Encyclopedia lists it as coming from Colonel Green
via Wayte Raymond and also mentions H.P. Smith after Parmelee."

[So the Parmelee coin went to H.P. Smith and ultimately found its
way to Col. Green.  But how?  This is the pre-1925 pedigree gap
George and Eric Newman are hoping to plug. -Editor]

Saul adds: "H.P. Smith was the buyer at the Parmelee sale under the
nom de plume of "Clay" or "Celay" (the latter is an error by Don
Taxay seeing a very fancy C handwritten with a loop at the end in
a named sale catalog)."

"I do not know who Smith bought the coin for.  Since it was not in
his personal collection as later sold by the Chapmans, it must have
gone to someone else.

"If it was for Dewitt Smith, then the coin would be in the Brand
journals as Brand did purchase his colonials among other things,
ditto if it was purchased by Dr. Hall.

"If it was for Granberg, then it might appear in the Newcomer
and/or Col. Green inventories."

"Hopefully someone can check the above inventories to see where
it came from."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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