1793 1/2C, BN MS (PCGS# 1000)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 175
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Deep golden tan with exceptional in-hand eye appeal for the grade. Choice surfaces with far fewer marks than typically associated with the grade, even under low magnification. HALF CENT weak and barely legible due to strike, all other details bold for the grade with portions of the beaded rim device visible, especially on the reverse. From the first year of coinage at the newly opened Philadelphia Mint, and a classic half cent issue of the highest order--everyone needs one for a type set, as it is the only year of its design type with head of Liberty and cap to left. Just 35,334 examples were forthcoming from the fledgling Mint’s presses. One of four recognized die pairs for the date with the present variety, Cohen-1, exhibiting a period after AMERICA in the reverse legend. There are probably more potential buyers for an affordable and pleasing ’93 half cent at the Fine-12 level, as offered here, than for the same date in high-grade AU or finer, so please bear in mind the probable degree of competition if you mean to be a successful bidder on this lot.