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, Brand (journal #46511), 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.

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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.

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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.