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1792 Proposed Coinage

Many members of the House favored a representation of the president’s head on the obverse of each coin; others considered the idea a monarchical practice. Washington is believed to have expressed disapproval of the use of his portrait onAmerican coins.

The majority considered a figure emblematic of Liberty more appropriate, and the Senate finally concurred in this opinion. Robert Birch was an engraver employed to design proposed devices for American coins. He, perhaps together with others, engraved the dies for the disme and half disme. He also cut the dies for the large copper patterns known today as Birch cents.

1792 Proposed Coinage
1792 Silver Center Cent | 1792 Birch Cent | 1792 Half Disme | 1792 Disme | 1792 Quarter Dollar

1792 Silver Center Cent

1792 Birch Cent

1792 Half Disme

1792 Disme

1792 Quarter Dollar

Joseph Wright, an accomplished artist in the private sector, designed this pattern intended for the original U.S. coins. He was George Washington’s choice for the position of first chief engraver of the Mint, and designed the 1793 Liberty Cap cent in that capacity, but died before being confirmed by Congress. Unique uniface trials of the obverse and reverse also exist.

Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • F Fine. Fine.
  • VF V. Fine. V. Fine.
  • EF E. Fine. E. Fine.
  • AU A. Unc.. A. Unc..
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • F Fine. Fine.
  • VF V. Fine. V. Fine.
  • EF E. Fine. E. Fine.
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • AG A. Good. A. Good.
  • G Good. Good.
  • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
  • VG V. Good. V. Good.
  • F-12 Fine. Fine.
  • F Fine. Fine.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
  • VF V. Fine. V. Fine.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
  • EF E. Fine. E. Fine.
  • AU A. Unc.. A. Unc..
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
  • Unc. Unc.. Unc..
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
  • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • F Fine. Fine.
  • VF V. Fine. V. Fine.
  • EF E. Fine. E. Fine.
  • AU A. Unc.. A. Unc..
  • Unc. Unc.. Unc..
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • EF E. Fine. E. Fine.
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • AG
  • G
  • VG-8
  • VG
  • F-12
  • F
  • VF-20
  • VF
  • EF-40
  • EF
  • AU
  • AU-50
  • Unc.
  • MS-60
  • MS-62
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