Washington pieces are medals, tokens and proposals for circulating
coins dated from 1783 to 1795. Many were of English origin and were
produced later than the dates indicate. All depict George Washington.
It’s a popular collecting area and more than a dozen distinct types
are available in well-worn condition at around the $100 level.
Such is the case with this undated George Washington cent, popularly
called the “Double Head” type since Washington’s profile portrait in
military dress with a wreath crowning his head is depicted on both sides.
The “Double Head” type has traditionally been grouped with several
Washington token types that bear the date 1783 and this date is noted
on Newman’s original brown paper envelope that housed the coin.
However, it was potentially produced decades later.
Heritage described the piece in the auction as “a plentiful and
popular Washington piece.” This example, colored medium-to-dark brown
with corrosion, rim bruises and a tinge of red patina, brought $117.50
at Heritage's May 17 auction of the Eric P. Newman collection.
Read more Coin World coverage of the May 16-17 Newman