1793 1/2C, BN MS (PCGS# 1000)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4020
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Deep chestnut brown with lighter high points. Choice quality in-hand despite some faint microgranularity that comes to light under low magnification. An ever-popular issue from the earliest days of the Philadelphia Mint, a date that saw a mintage of just 35,334 pieces in the first year of the denomination. The 1793 half cent presents a one-year-only design type, with the Flowing Hair head of Liberty with liberty pole and cap to left; from 1794 through the end of the Liberty Cap design type in 1797, Liberty's head faces right. Choice for the grade and free of marks worthy of further discourse.