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SERIES: Bust Half Disme 1792
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1792 H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
11020
Diameter:
17.50 millimeters
Designer:
Unknown
Weight:
1.35 grams
Edge:
Diagonally reeded
Mintage:
1,500
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$1,145,625 • NGC MS68 • 1-1-2013 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 275 R-6.5 1 / 1 1 / 1
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 1 / 1 1 / 1
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 1 / 1 1 / 1
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

David Rittenhouse, first director of the United States Mint; Rittenhouse family, kept within the family by Rittenhouse's descendants from July 1792 until - Henry Chapman 10/1919:249, $56 - George L. Tilden - Thomas Elder 6/1921:2029, $62 - private collector, who apparently stored the coin in a Wayte Raymond album - unnamed museum in New England - Stack's 10/1988:536, $68,750 - unknown intermediaries - dealer Jay Parrino, early 1990s, as agent for the anonymous "Knoxville Collection," early 1990s to 2003 - private collector, 2003 to January 2007 - Steve Contursi - Cardinal Collection, acquired for $1,500,000 in 2007 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13093, $1,145,625

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

David Rittenhouse (reportedly traced back to the family by Dr. Judd) - Dr. J. Hewitt Judd - Paramount “Auction '80” 8/1980:592 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's 10/1985:3 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4043, $793,125

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

MARCA 5/1987:721 - Superior “Chalkley-Ryer” 1/1990:2354 - Heritage 1/2014:5176, $528,750

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

David Rittenhouse, first director of the United States Mint; Rittenhouse family, kept within the family by Rittenhouse's descendants from July 1792 until - Henry Chapman 10/1919:249, $56 - George L. Tilden - Thomas Elder 6/1921:2029, $62 - private collector, who apparently stored the coin in a Wayte Raymond album - unnamed museum in New England - Stack's 10/1988:536, $68,750 - unknown intermediaries - dealer Jay Parrino, early 1990s, as agent for the anonymous "Knoxville Collection," early 1990s to 2003 - private collector, 2003 to January 2007 - Steve Contursi - Cardinal Collection, acquired for $1,500,000 in 2007 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13093, $1,145,625

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

David Rittenhouse (reportedly traced back to the family by Dr. Judd) - Dr. J. Hewitt Judd - Paramount “Auction '80” 8/1980:592 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's 10/1985:3 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4043, $793,125

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

MARCA 5/1987:721 - Superior “Chalkley-Ryer” 1/1990:2354 - Heritage 1/2014:5176, $528,750

6 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:10144, $333,500 - Madison Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2741, $503,125 - Heritage 1/2009:3658, not sold - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1001, $440,625

6 MS64 PCGS grade

Bowers & Ruddy “Bartlett Collection” 11/1979:2359 - Bowers & Merena 9/1995:1177 - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:327 - Stack’s 7/2008:4148, $373,750 - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:2025, $470,000 - Heritage 6/2015:3839, $329,000

6 MS64 PCGS grade

Liberty Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5569, $528,750

6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The PCGS graded MS67 is from the great John Pittman collection, one of the highest quality U.S. coin collections ever assembled. This specimen has amazing mark-free surfaces and a fully rounded cheek. The luster and originality are outstanding in every way. This coin, along with the PCGS graded SP67, is the finest known example of the first coin officially struck by the U.S. Mint.