1793 1/2C, BN MS (PCGS# 1000)
The January 2013 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 13103
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Glossy deep golden-brown surfaces exhibit warm olive highlights. A premium quality example of this desirable one-year-only design type from the first year of coinage at the Mint in Philadelphia. Tiny obverse rim bruise above L, some tiny ticks seen as well under low magnification, none of which immediately draw the viewer's eye. The reverse exhibits a tiny rim bruise at 12 o'clock, but no other marks of significance. Authorized by the Act of April 2, 1792 at a weight of 132 grains, the weight for the half cent was changed to 104 grains by the Act of January 14, 1793 before actual coinage in the denomination had commenced. The present coin is about as nice as you are apt to find at the assigned grade; a plurality of examples of the date are porous throughout. Both half cent aficionados and type collectors alike will have an eye turned toward this lot, and bold bidding activity is practically guaranteed for this attractive half cent.