A unique 1792 Silver Center cent without the silver plug, the only copper 1792 pattern quarter dollar in private hands, and what is purported to be Jefferson Davis’ 1861 Confederate half dollar will each be offered at auction in January by Heritage Auctions.
The coins are among 357 lots that comprise Part I of the Donald G. Partrick Collection of Extraordinary United States Colonials to be offered in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 7 to 10, 2015, in Orlando.
Partrick’s collection is widely considered the finest collection of Colonial American coins ever assembled, according to Heritage.
Partrick is a long-time numismatist who has extensively served in the governance of the American Numismatic Society, including as its president. Partrick is currently an ANS honorary trustee.
“The name of Donald Groves Partrick is well known to Colonial collectors and his cabinet is second to none in the field,” said Mark Borckardt, senior cataloger for Heritage Auctions. “His collection also includes an unprecedented assemblage of 1792 U.S. Mint patterns and coinage of the Confederacy.”
Part I of the collection includes 12 U.S. Mint patterns of 1792, a total that far exceeds the nine examples in the Garrett Collection auctions, the eight examples in the Norweb Collection sales, and the seven examples held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.
The unique unplugged 1792 Silver Center cent is graded Mint State 62 red and brown by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
The piece was discovered in 1993 by Colonial coin dealer Anthony Terranova and sold by Stack’s in its March 15 to 16, 1995, sale. The piece is believed to be a trial strike from before the Silver Center cents were made.
The 1792 patterns were the result of the first attempt by the U.S. government to establish a national coinage that was convenient to use.