Rob Rodriguez writes:
The team of Stu and Maureen Levine, Tony Lopez and myself have just published a fifty page presentation on the Newman Numismatic Portal on June
20, that concluded the Morris 1792 Silver Center Cent is a genuine Judd-2 pattern cent; however its silver plug is a fabrication inserted AFTER the
coin was produced and emitted by the Mint. This is an extensive expansion and update of our initial work that was published on The E-Sylum,
November 15, 2017, entitled, "1792 Silver and Non-Silver Center Cents: A Study." We hope the industry finds our work enlightening and
conclusive. We believe we have laid out an extremely strong case for our conclusions.
Thanks, and congratulations to the team on their impressive effort. It's not easy unlocking old mysteries. -Editor
1792 SILVER AND NON-SILVER CENTER CENTS:
FURTHER STUDIES OF THE SILVER PLUG CONTAINED
IN THE MORRIS SO-CALLED SILVER CENTER CENT
On June 20, 2019, the research team of Robert Rodriguez, Tony Lopez, Stuart Levine, and Maureen Levine published a fifty page presentation on the
Newman Numismatic Portal at, https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/538104 , that concluded the
Morris 1792 Silver Center Cent is a genuine 1792 Judd-2 pattern cent; however, the plug is a fabrication that was drilled, inserted, and tooled AFTER
the coin was produced and emitted by the United States Mint at Philadelphia.
Our research findings affirm the conclusion by Pete Smith, Joel J. Orosz and Leonard Augsburger, as published in the 2017 volume, "1792: Birth of
a Nation's Coinage," and the conclusions of S. H. & H. Chapman in their April 1905 Catalog of the Charles Morris Collection of Coins and Medals.
This presentation expands upon our findings in "1792 Silver and Non-Silver Center Cents: A Study," as published in The Newman Numismatic
Portal, November 15, 2017, and in The E-Sylum, November 19, 2017.
Our new exhibits show that the Morris fabricated Silver Center Cent is an outlier from all Judd-1 examples, as well as the Judd-1a. Additionally,
we provide comparisons which demonstrate the Morris specimen's silver plug design does not match the die characteristics of all known original struck
examples. We also explain why we believe the Morris could not be a prototype for the Judd-1. Finally, we have gained new insights into the process of
how the Morris coin was fraudulently transformed from a genuine Judd-2. We show the process by which six 1863 Indian Head Cents are transformed into
silver center cents.
Fabricated Silver Center Indian Head Cents
In light of our research and that of "1792: Birth of a Nation's Coinage," Heritage Auctions delisted the Charles Morris and California specimens
from their census of genuine silver center cents for the 2019 FUN auction catalog description of the Alan Weinberg specimen, Lot 4308. It states,
"...recent research indicates their silver plugs are not original." The team believes our presentation provides new insights and understandings about
the 1792 Silver Center Cent.
On June 27, I was interviewed by CoinWeek's Charles Morgan about our findings and this podcast will be appearing on its website.
To read the complete article on NNP, see:
1792 Silver And Non-Silver Center Cents: A Study
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
1792 SILVER AND NON-SILVER CENTER CENTS STUDY
Wayne Homren, Editor
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