1792 H10C MS (PCGS# 11020)

The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money

  • Auctioneer:
    Stack's/Bowers
  • Lot Number:
    4043
  • Grade:
    MS66
  • Price:
    $793,125.00
Lot Description
1792 Half Disme. LM-1, Judd-7, Pollock-7, the only known dies. Rarity-4. MS-66 (PCGS). OGH--First Generation. With great pleasure we offer a truly superb, truly memorable example of one of America's most famous, most historic coins. It seems like only yesterday that we handled another Gem, the beautiful Cardinal Collection coin as part of our Americana Sale in January. Here we go again! Indeed, nice things do come in pairs. The offered half disme will be illustrated and featured in a new book by Dave Bowers that is now being written. Publication is scheduled for 2014. The work will give stories, insights, experiences, and more with various American coins, tokens, medals and paper money that Dave has handled or has found to be of special interest. More announcements will be made in due course.<br /> <br /> Regarding the 1792 half disme, a single&nbsp;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. The coins were struck with medallic alignment.<br /> <br /> This is an exquisite example of one of the most famous, historic, and eagerly sought issues produced under the authority of the United States Mint. The technical quality and level of preservation are equally superb, and together they establish this premium Gem as one of the finest 1792 half dismes known to exist. As if this were not enough, in our experience the eye appea
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