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Lot 3033


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Type Coin
Title Lot 3033
Date 1792
Side reverse
Grade 65
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 723
Denomination CENT
Description (1792) CENT Washington Born Virginia, General of the Armies Reverse MS65 Brown NGC. CAC. Plain Edge. Baker-60, Breen-1239, 1995 COAC WA.1792.9, W-10730, R.5. 167.8 grains, 99% copper per NGC metallurgical tests. NGC has certified five of these cents, including the present example, an MS62 Brown, and three pieces in the VF grade range. PCGS has examined 27 examples, including those graded MS66 Brown, MS63 Brown, and MS62 Brown. Based on the combined population, this coin is the second finest of five Mint State pieces. The inscriptions on this piece provided a summary of George Washington's life. He was born in Virginia on February 11, 1732, appointed General of the American Armies in 1775, resigned that position in 1783, and elected President of the United States in 1789. Washington's commanding physical appearance equaled his military and political stature. At the age of 26, he was described as "six feet two inches in his stockings, and weighing 175 pounds." Why is that important? PBS.org gives three reasons: {blockquote} "Recorded impressions of his contemporaries make very clear that his physical appearance reflected to a remarkable degree the distinctive qualities of his mind and character. "His sheer personal presence was a significant and characteristic part of his greatness and of his influence on the world. "The mere image of Washington was a source of strength and encouragement to the Revolutionary and Founding generation of Americans."{/blockquote} Both sides of this remarkable piece have exceptional chocolate-brown surfaces with full cartwheel luster, exhibiting splashes of tan, faded from mint red. The surfaces are virtually flawless, and the strike is exceptional. This Gem possesses physical greatness that is equal to Washington's commanding presence. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $82250.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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