George Fuld forwarded this note about his new book on the Washington pattern coinage of Peter Getz. -Editor My new book, "The Washington Pattern Coinage of Peter Getz" will be released at the ANA Convention this week. The book lists in detail the known copies of the Silver Getz half-dollar, the Getz 1792 copper "cents" and the related 1797 Getz Masonic medal. Virtually every coin listed is shown in color with detailed pedigrees on each.
Although estimates of the number known of the Getz issues have been estimated widely, we have been able to trace probably twice as many pieces as previously estimated. We have located 22 different Silver Getz 1792 half-dollars, 55 different Copper 1792 "cents" and 20 different Baker 288 1797 Getz Masonic medals. Early estimates of the number of Getz copper issues were that about 100 were struck. This is obviously quite low as a retention of over fifty percent of a two hundred year old issue is quite improbable. Certainly we have not located all known Getz survivors and would welcome hearing from collectors who might have an unlisted specimen.
Two chapters in the book cover two new aspects of Getz material. There is a thorough discussion of the unique Getz silver large eagle (Baker 23). It is condemned as a non-contemporary production from about 1850.
Also, the new numismatic story of the Washington Ladle is presented. The story behind the 1797 presentation of the buffalo horn ladle by George Washington to Francis Preston is detailed. The ladle had in its bowl a silver specimen of the Getz Masonic medal dated 1797.
The book has two different versions. A soft bound copy and a limited number of hard bound issues are available. There is a prepublication price for copies ordered by October 15, 2009. Books may be ordered from George F. Kolbe, P O Drawer 3100, Crestline, CA 92325-3100.
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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