Martha Washington Obverse Die
Used to Strike Half Dollar Experimental
Test Pieces for U.S. Judd #2131
UNIQUE IN PRIVATE HANDS
There is only one other known Martha Washington Die in private hands. It was used to strike the cent reverse for the experimental patterns and is also not cancelled. It was displayed at Fred Weinberg's table at the 2017 ANA coin show in Denver, CO and at the 2018 ANA coin show in Pittsburg, PA. He also had it on display at several Long Beach Expos in Long Beach, CA. His Martha Washington Die generated a tremendous amount of interest and excitement.
This half dollar obverse Martha Washington Die was featured on the cover of Mint Error News Magazine Issue 44 (Spring 2018).
Below is the full story on the Martha Washington Test Pieces including my discovery in 2000 of the first (9) test pieces in different compositions and surfaces. Coin World featured my first Martha Washington Discovery test piece in a front page article in their August 7, 2000 Issue.
This is the only known Martha Washington Obverse Die in private hands for ANY denomination. The only other Die known in private hands is the Cent Reverse Die previously mentioned. This Die belongs in a collection of U.S. patterns or unique U.S. numismatic treasures. It is part of the ongoing U.S. Mint's history of experimenting and striking pattern coins prior to producing our nation's coins for circulation.
This only known Martha Washington Half Dollar Obverse Die in private hands is featured in the U.S. Patterns website (uspatterns.com) that references all U.S. patterns and related numismatic rarities. Click here for more information.
Here is the cover story from Mint Error News Issue 44:
This only known Martha Washington Half Dollar Obverse Die in private hands is featured in the U.S. Patterns website (uspatterns.com) that references all U.S. patterns and related numismatic rarities:
Featured in an article on CoinWeek
Here is the first Martha Washington half dollar size test piece that I discovered in 2000: