On Tuesday Rob Rodriguez passed along this update on continuing research into the Morris 1792 Silver Center Cent. Thank you.
This morning the Newman Numismatic Portal published my latest analysis of the 1792 Morris Silver Center Cent:
Follow-Up 1792 Silver and Non-Silver Center Cents: Further Studies of the Silver Plug Contained in the Morris So-Called Silver Center Cent
On March 21 the 1792 Morris Silver Center Cent Judd-1 will be put up for auction in Stack's
Bowers Galleries Session 3 Rarities Night, Lot 3063. In my opinion, Stack's Bowers lot
description presents a balanced viewpoint by referencing my April 2020 NNP Symposium
presentation and its primary conclusion that this is a genuine Judd-2 which was altered by the
addition of a silver plug, after the coin was struck, to convert it into a Judd-1.
Tony Lopez and I visited Stack's Bowers on March 1. As a result of this visit, we were able to confirm additional insights. This Follow-Up commentary reaffirms the opinion held by the research team, composed of Tony Lopez, Stuart Levine, Maureen Levine and me. Twenty-one new exhibits show how the Morris Specimen is entirely different from all other genuine Judd-1s. New images provide better insight of how Judd-1s were likely fabricated. Genuine Judd-1s were struck while the Morris plug has been hand-tooled after the coin was struck.
Having viewed the Morris Specimen again, it is clearly a genuine and beautiful 1792 pattern cent. Regrettably, it has been altered, as first opined in the 1905 Chapman catalog, to represent something it is not. It is now up to those who have certified and continue to support the Morris Specimen as a genuine Judd-1 to present their data as opposed to unsubstantiated and non-scientific opinion. For the prospective buyers, they will need to decide whether this coin is a genuine Judd-1 or an altered 1792 pattern cent.
To read the complete analysis on NNP, see:
1792 Silver and Non-Silver Center Cents: Further Studies of the Silver Plug Contained in the Morris So-Called Silver Cent
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: MARCH 12, 2023 : The Morris 1792 Silver Center Cent
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