Tom DeLorey writes:
Dave Bowers' request concerning the 1794 starred reverse cent seems to be missing something.
He seems to be asking about some piece in Judd, and not the starred reverse cent, which is not in
Pete Smith also caught this. He writes:
The headline indicates that QDB is looking for photos of the starred reverse. Such photos are
quite easy to find.
It appears to me that QDB is looking for something else. Is the "Wright Quarter" what
Yes - I had meant to ask for pictures of the Joseph Wright 1792 pattern with eagle on globe so I
could compare the stars with the 1794 S-48.
Pete Smith adds:
Attached is a picture of the "Wright Quarter". However, the quality is not good enough
to compare the stars with those on the starred reverse.
In 1986 I looked at a Wright Quarter in the Smithsonian and determined that the stars were from
David McCarthy wrote an article where he claimed they were from the same punches.
Dave Bowers adds:
My theory (subject to change): A reverse die with 94 tiny five-pointed stars oriented outward
(instead of inward as on the 1792 pattern) was on hand, and rather than waste it, elements of S-48
(1794 Starred Reverse) were punched over it. That the stars were not added or intentional on the
1794, but were leftover, seems to be borne out by their being overcut with dentils.
The headline was my fault. Sorry! It will be interesting to learn the results of
Dave's fresh study into this question. Who can help? Where can we find sharp photographs of the
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 5,
2014 : Query: 1794 Starred Reverse Cent Photos Sought
Wayne Homren, Editor
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