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1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, Fine 12 PCGS....

2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 11, 2010
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Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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Legendary Judd-7 1792 Half Disme, Fine 12
1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, Fine 12 PCGS. Few coins in U.S. numismatics have had their history embellished as much as the 1792 half disme. Or, as Joel Orosz and Carl Herkowitz said: "Nearly every succeeding retelling strayed a little farther from the Eckfeldt recollection, until even respected numismatic scholars had Martha Washington posing as Miss Liberty, or George Washington donating the family tableware to the Mint, neither of which is to be found in any of the McAllister memoranda."
The above-mentioned McAllister memoranda is the foundation of the Orosz-Herkowitz article, "The Fabled 1792 Half Dismes," a landmark publication that establishes the donation of silver coin or bullion by Washington but certainly makes no mention of silverware.
This is an interesting coin and somewhat atypical for the half dismes of 1792. These pieces are usually found with numerous planchet voids on each side. The obverse of this coin shows none, and the only ones on the reverse are located in the field to the right of the eagle's neck, another on the tailfeathers, and one between the S and M of DISME. The coin was struck from misaligned dies (not off-center); the reverse die is wide on the right side and shows no denticles on the left side. A few old, shallow scratches are seen on the obverse and just a couple are located on the reverse. However, these surface flaws are not readily visible because of the gray-rose patina that covers each side. A great example of this American classic, housed in a green label holder.(Registry values: P9) (PCGS# 11020)

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