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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 51, December 17, 2006, Article 26

SUMMARY OF THE 1792 WASHINGTON CENT IN GOLD PEDIGREE GAP

With regard to the history of the 1792 Washington cent in gold, Saul
Teichman writes: "The Brand journals are in the American Numismatic
Society library, so they can be checked.  If Brand did own the coin,
then it is very unlikely that Col. Green ever owned it.

"I do not know who purchased the Col. Green inventory out of the Ford
Library, but if the coin is listed there and was purchased in 1925,
then it would be very interesting to figure out where it came from.
The only major collection sold circa 1925 was the Ellsworth collection.
It does not seem likely that it was in there as it almost assuredly
would have been purchased by the Garretts. Is it possible that it was
bought by a relative unknown?"

George Fuld writes: "I appreciate the comments by Saul and Ron.  Here
is what we know to date:  H. P. Smith, using the nom de plume of Clay,
bought it at the 1890 Parmalee sale.  It did not go to Brand as his
material did not begin to be dispersed until 1933.  Dr. Hall's material
was all bought intact by Brand.

"I also checked the Mehl inventory of the Newcomer collection and the
cent was not there.  Eric bought it directly from the Col. Green estate
through B. G. Johnson.  We still don't know where it was between 1890
and 1925.  Was it in some dealer's stock as suggested by Eric?  I
appreciate the help and hope someone can come up with a new name."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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