1792 H10C MS (PCGS# 11020)

The January 2013 Americana Sale

  • Auctioneer:
    Stack's/Bowers
  • Lot Number:
    13093
  • Grade:
    MS68
  • Price:
    $1,145,625.00
Lot Description
1792 Half Disme. LM-1, Judd-7, Pollock-7, the only known dies. Rarity-4. MS-68 (NGC). <strong>Die Variety:</strong> A single set of dies was used to complete the entire mintage of approximately 1,500 pieces for the 1792 half disme. The obverse features a bust of Liberty with short, curly hair, the date 1792 in small digits immediately below the curved truncation of the bust. The legend LIB. PAR. OF SCIENCE &amp; INDUSTRY is around the border, an abbreviation of "Liberty, parent of science and industry." On the reverse, a small eagle with spread wings faces to the left with the denomination HALF DISME and a single star below. The legend UNI. STATES OF AMERICA encircles most of the reverse periphery. All 1792 half dimes except for the unique copper impression (Judd-8) are struck in silver with a diagonally reeded edge.<br /> <br /> <strong>Strike:&nbsp;</strong>The obverse is nicely centered within a boldly, near-evenly denticulated border. The detail is equally sharp both in the center and around the periphery. Most of Liberty's hair curls are fully delineated, and those that are not still display emerging to bold definition.&nbsp;The reverse is struck slightly off center and, being drawn toward the lower border, the denticles are not present in that area. This is a minor feature, to be sure, and one that we mention solely for accuracy, especially since most extant 1792 half dismes are also struck off center on the reverse in this manner. The detail throughout the rest of the reverse design ranges from bold to full, with most devices razor sharp and only a trace of softness to the detail of the eagle's breast in the center, with the breast itself raised in bold relief, but the feather detail indistinct at only the highest point.<br /> <br /> <strong>Surfaces:&nbsp;</strong>This is the single finest certified 1792 half disme known to the major grading services, edging out the famous Floyd T. Starr specimen graded Specimen-67 by PCGS (which earlier had been graded Spec
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