Click to enlargeJ9/P10

The 1792 Disme in silver with vertical reeded edge. This is one of the most famous of all pattern designs.

Only 3 examples are known as follows. These pedigrees have been updated based on information in Stacks October 2000 sale.

1) E. Cogan in 1864, Seavey (1873 Descriptive Catalog #839), Parmelee (1890), Steigerwalt (subsequently offered in his fixed price lists #22-25), Granberg-1914 ANS exhibit, Newcomer?, Col Green, F. Starr, Stacks 10/00, southern collection as PCGSF15, Simpson collection, Heritage 1/16 FUN - NGCF15, 39.5 grains, and is illustrated above courtesy of Stacks, click on the thumbnail image to enlarge.

2) Mickley (1867), Col Cohen (1875), Fonrobert (Adolph Weyl, 2/1878 lot 366), Ulex (Lyman Low 7/1902 sale lot 431), Jewett (S.H. Chapman 6/1909), Col Green, E. Newman & B.G. Johnson (1941), Schulman 4/52, NN, Norweb-B/M 11/88, Partrick - NGC XF details, scratched and illustrated below courtesy of Heritage. This is a thick planchet specimen, 66.1 grains (92% Ag, 7% Cu - sterling silver?), with the date removed.

3) Dewitt Smith, V. Brand (journal #46511), A. Brand, W. Raymond 10/33, Judd, Kosoff and Kaplan FPLs, Partrick-Heritage 1/15 FUN as NGCAU50, Heritage 4/16 - PCGSAU50, 41.5 grains (91% silver, 7% Copper - sterling silver?), illustrated below courtesy of Heritage. This is possibly the piece which appears in a 11/5/41 invoice from B.G. Johnson to J. Kelly.

Note: It is possible that the Granberg and Brand pedigrees are reversed but based on current information, this is the most likely scenario. The 2 Col Green examples, Parmelee's and Mickley's appear on several 1945-6 B.G. Johnson invoices available on the Newman Numismatic Portal. Special thanks go to Michael Hodder for his help in confirming these pedigrees.


About 20 are known in copper with reeded edge of J10/P11 including examples in the Smithsonian, Durham Museum and Independence Hall collections. Most of these have normal vertical edge reeding.


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

1) Mint collection, Maris, Garrett-JHU, Garrett IV-B/R 3/81, Partrick-Heritage 1/15 FUN - NGC64RB

2) Stacks 4/44 lot 569, Lohr, Roper as AU, Stacks 10/05 - NGC61BN.

3) Authenticated at the 2004 ANA, Goldberg 2/05 gem but defaced.

For additional historical information on 1792 coinage, click here.