1793 1/2C, BN MS (PCGS# 1000)

Rarities

  • Auctioneer:
    Stack's/Bowers
  • Lot Number:
    7210
  • Grade:
    MS60
  • Price:
    $40,250.00
Lot Description
The first half cents were struck in the fledgling Philadelphia Mint in 1793, and they display a unique variation on the Liberty Cap design with the obverse portrait facing to the left. Only 35,334 examples of this one year type were produced, and most have long since been lost to commercial use. Even low grade survivors are eagerly sought for both type purposes and inclusion in early copper collections. Mint State survivors, as here, are of the utmost rarity and remain the province of the most advanced numismatic buyers.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The present example was struck from the die marriage now known alternately as C-3 and B-3. It combines the "short 7" obverse of the year with a reverse on which the final letter A in AMERICA touches the&nbsp;right (facing) wreath stem. C-3 is roughly comparable to C-2 in terms of overall availability, although there are a few more high grade survivors of C-3 in numismatic hands.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Bold to sharp in strike and free of actual wear, this solidly graded BU qualifies as Condition Census for the issue as a whole as well as the individual die pairing. Both sides exhibit dominant orange-brown patination, the lower right obverse also with a splash of slightly deeper gray-brown color. Both sides are nicely centered on the flan, and there are no significant detractions save for a series of faint, shallow planchet flaws throughout much of the obverse&nbsp;(all are as made). An important offering for both the advanced early copper specialist and the Mint State type collector.<br />
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