Chandra writes: I have a coin dated back to 1792 with George Washington on it. My coin only has 12 stars on the back of it, whereas, the books I have seen have 13. I will be having this coin appraised sometime in the future. If it is real, how much money is it worth? The books I have seen doesn’t give a value.
The United States quarter that was introduced in 1932 is the only United States circulating coin with a portrait of George Washington. However, there are many medals. In fact, George Washington probably holds the record for the most medals struck with his portrait. There are official Mint medals and lots of privately issued medals too.
The 1792 date was often used. It was the year of the French Revolution and the philosophical ties between the Americans and the French were very strong. After all, they were our chief ally during the War For Independence.
There are lots of varieties of these medals and a great deal of collector interest. Original 1792 medals can bring $100 or a lot more depending on type and grade. There are also copies and fakes of these early pieces. These are worthless. Electrotypes and casts made by enterprising individuals for the Centennial in 1876 are collectable but at much lower prices.