Click to enlargeJ10/P11

The 1792 Disme in copper with a reeded edge. The illustrated piece is the ex Ellsworth, Garrett, Southern collection, Simpson, Heritage 4/16, Heritage 1/22 FUN graded PCGSSP64BN, and is believed to be the finest collectible. The example in the Smithsonian is probably the finest known and the former Gschwend, Jewett, Brand, Dr. Judd piece also grades PCGSSP62BN. To see images of all known examples, click here.

There are about 20 known of J10/P11 including examples impounded in the Smithsonian, Durham Museum and Independence Hall collections. Most appear to have the normal vertical reeded edges. Virgil Brand owned 7 of these, journal #s are (28929 Morris, 37054 Elder's 9th, 49190 Jewett, 87316 Jackman, 92002:140 Wurtzbach, 95796 Clare, 120073 Ten Eyck). At least one, Frossard 2/1882, Gable-S.H. Chapman 5/1914, is silverplated.


There are 3 examples of
J9/P10 in silver with normal vertical reeded edges as follows. These pedigrees have been updated based on information in Stacks 10/2000 sale.

1) Dewitt Smith, V. Brand (journal #46511), A. Brand, W. Raymond 10/33, Judd, Kosoff and Kaplan 1960s FPLs, Partrick-Heritage 1/15 FUN, Heritage 4/16 - NGCAU50.

2) Mickley (1867), Col Cohen (1875), Fonrobert (1878), Ulex (1902), Jewett (1909), Col Green, Schulman (1952), Norweb-B/M 11/88, Partrick-Heritage 1/15 FUN. This is a thick planchet specimen with the date removed. Both this and the next appear in the F.C.C. Boyd's appraisal of the Col Green inventory sold in Kolbe-Fannings January 2012 sale.

3) Seavey (1873 Descriptive Catalog #839), Parmelee, Steigerwalt (offered in his fixed price lists), Granberg-1914 ANS exhibit, Newcomer, Col Green, Starr, Stacks 10/00, southern collection, Simpson collection, Heritage 1/16.

It is possible that the Granberg and Brand pedigrees are reversed but based on current information, this is the most likely scenario.


There are also at least 3 examples of J11/P12 known in copper with a plain edge as follows:

1) Mint collection (Newlin 12/15/1885 trade for an 1826 quarter eagle), Maris-HP Smith 6/1886, Garrett-JHU, Garrett IV-B/R 3/81, Partrick-Heritage 1/15 FUN - NGC64RB, illustrated below courtesy of Heritage. It is unknown if Newlin owned the quarter eagle or brokered the trade for Maris.

2) Stacks 4/44 lot 569, Lohr, Century-Paramount 4/65, Roper-Stacks 12/83 as AU, Anthony Terranova and Stuart Levine, Bertram Cohen, Dana Linett (San Diego Show, 10/88), Stacks 10/05, southern collection, Simpson collection - NGC61BN, overgraded, illustrated below courtesy of Stacks.

3) Authenticated at the 2004 ANA, Goldberg 2/05, Heritage 2/08 (not sold) gem but defaced - illustrated below courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg's Coins & Collectibles.

P. Scott Rubin notes a possible 4th example, if it does not duplicate #2, as lot 381 in Bolender's 11/38 120th sale where it was described as VF and sold for $46.

For additional historical information on 1792 coinage, click here.

Photo of Ellsworth-Garrett example courtesy of Heritage.