1792 H10C MS (PCGS# 11020)

The March 2013 Baltimore Auction

  • Auctioneer:
    Stack's/Bowers
  • Lot Number:
    2025
  • Grade:
    MS64
  • Price:
    $470,000.00
Lot Description
Nice things often come in pairs it is said, and this superb example of the 1792 half disme confirms that. It seems like only yesterday, but it was two months ago on January 24th that we auctioned the Cardinal Collection example--a Gem pedigreed to David Rittenhouse, first director of the Mint. In addition, a notable specimen was auctioned by Heritage. Numismatic tradition has it that a Mint State 1792 half disme is the rarest of the rare--seldom seen and even less often offered for sale. Sometimes years pass between offerings! We are reminded of a situation some years ago when in a single year three 1804 silver dollars came up for sale, in 1979 two 1787 Brasher doubloons crossed the auction block after an absence of such for many years, and another instance in which we had in our office at the same time three of the five known 1885 trade dollars!<br /> <br /> The 1792 half disme we now offer is of incredible beauty and sharpness. It displays deep gunmetal-gray toning throughout, with rose-gold traces within Liberty's curls and the eagle's feather definition. The surfaces are satin smooth, with lustrous fields that flash with some reflectivity when examined. As required, each precious metal planchet was weighed prior to striking; if found to be too heavy, a file was used to remove the excess silver until the weight was proper, then the planchet would be struck. On the present example, faint adjustment marks are seen around the obverse and reverse rims, affecting only the dentils. It is boldly struck, especially so on Liberty's curls and the eagle's feathers. The dies were slightly misaligned, as often seen, with good centering on the obverse.The reverse is a trifle off-center toward the six o'clock position, where the dentils are off the flan, but all the lettering and devices are present on the planchet. There are no surface marks worthy of note, and the eye appeal is high for this distinctive coin. The combined NGC and PCGS grading services report at most eight fin
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