1793 1/2C, BN MS (PCGS# 1000)
The June 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 1001
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Here is a classic first year of issue and single year type coin that never goes out of style--except for the first year these were made when the Philadelphia Mint hastily replaced the head design by flipping it the opposite direction and trimming up the reverse wreath substantially. Hence the 1793 issue stands as a unique type coin. These were among the first coins struck at the newly opened Philadelphia Mint in the summer of 1793, and their charming Federal style harkens back to these important formative years in American history. Any collection is enhanced by owning such a coin from these earliest days at the Mint.<br />
Attractive medium copper-brown on the obverse and reverse, with minimal handling marks and no detracting rim bumps. The surfaces show the usual scattered small nicks and scuffs, but none are all that deep or distract the eye. Stylistically this Cohen-1 variety with the periods after CENT and AMERICA logically compare to the 1793 Chain cent with similar periods, and these dies were likely made by the same engraver. Such handsome quality is always in fervent collector demand as these represent such an important leap forward in our early coinage. For the collector who desires a solid example of a 1793 half cent, this piece should strongly be considered.