A rough cut hub reduction, in brass, bearing an eagle designed by U.S. Mint Engraver Christian Gobrecht has been authenticated by NGC.
“‘The present private opportunity enables me to comply with my first intention of asking your acceptance of two specimens of the smallest coin of the United States.
“The issue having been made on the 4th of July 1829, it being the first of a new design, there having been very few struck on this day, are circumstances which together with our long acquaintance, friendly enter change [sic] of good feeling & interesting civilities form strong inducements to the affectionate.’ ”
At the time of this presentation, Robert Maskell Patterson was still six years away from being employed with the Mint, though he was no stranger to the institution, according to NGC.
Robert Maskell Patterson’s father, Robert Patterson, had been Mint director from 1806 until his death in 1824.