1792 PATTERN QUARTER DOLLAR IN COPPER
Mintage: Unrecorded; only two
Designer: Joseph Wright
Engraver: Joseph Wright
Metal Content: Copper
Weight range: 175.5-179.5 grains
Images courtesy of the National
Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution
This delicate design type is extremely rare and is represented by only two
examples in Copper. The reverse features a border of 87 tiny stars
(apart from the 1794 "Starred Reverse" Cent, this is the only
time such a border was used on an American coin). The example
pictured here was used to illustrate the type in Judd's Pattern
book. A second example (ex Bushnell - Parmelee - Brand - Dr. Judd)
is said to have a "shattered" reverse die, although no breaks
are visible on the coin illustrated in Breen.
Two trial pieces were struck in white metal (Judd 13). Unique, uniface
examples exist in white metal of both the obverse and the reverse.
Sources and/or recommended reading:
"United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces" by J.
Hewitt Judd, M.D.
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of United
States and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
"The U.S. Mint and
Coinage" by Don Taxay
"United States Pattern,
Experimental and Trial Pieces" by Dr. J. Hewitt Judd