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    Getz "Half Dollar" Pattern of 1792


    Idler reproductions


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    1792         Baker 25M                  Idler's copy (ca. 1860) of Getz's Washington Pattern

    Obverse:  G . WASHINGTON . PRESIDENT . I .   1792
    Reverse:  . UNITED   STATES OF   AMERICA .

    Weight:  210.7 g   (13.65 grams)                  Diameter:  33.9 mm

    Comments:  Listed by Fuld as WA. FA.1792.1. This is a copy of the Getz pattern with the word "COPY" missing from the reverse. The example is worn, apparenly having been carried as a pocket piece. The Idler copies can be distinguished from the originals in the following ways: the ending of the 2 in 1792 in the copy points upward while the original points downward, the uppermost star on the reverse points to the E in States while in the original the star points between the T and the E, the weights of the copper coins differ with the copies weighing 13.65 grams while the originals are heavier, weighing 14.25-17.7 grams

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection.



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    1792        Baker 544C        (Miller PA 212A)                 Idler's Storecard Token of ca. 1860

    Obverse:  G . WASHINGTON . PRESIDENT . I .   1792
    Reverse:  . WILLIAM IDLER / DEALER IN / COINS, / MINERALS, STATIONARY / & FANCY ARTICLES. / No. 111 NORTH 9th . . ST. / PHILADELPHIA

    Weight:  174.5 g   (11.30 grams)                  Diameter:  34 mm

    Comments:  This is the white metal version of Idler's storecard token, which was also produced in silver, copper and brass. This specemin has scratches most noticable on the obverse. Idler made two versions of this storecard, one with the obverse of the Getz coin and another using the Getz reverse. See R. Rulau, Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900 Iola, Wi: Krause, 2nd. ed. 1997, pp. 282-283 and Rulau and Fuld, Medallic Portraits of Washington, (Baker 544) p. 270.

    Provenance:   Anonymous donation to Notre Dame as part of a 1,100 item collection of 19th century U.S. tokens.


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