There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Lot
2738

1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, VF30 NGC....

2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454

 
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Jan 10, 2008
Item Activity: 3 Internet/mail/phone bidders
1,305 page views
Location:

Orange County Convention Center
North/South Building
9400 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Lot Viewing, Room 220 D, E, F
Auction, Room 230 B

Description:
Lively 1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, VF30
1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, VF30 NGC. The 1792 half disme reflects the tentative beginnings of the early Mint and the challenges that designers and engravers had in transforming the necessary symbolism supported by America's founding fathers into handsome designs. That the early coinage would feature Liberty was a given after it was decided that the portrait of Washington, or any other president was not suitable for circulating coinage. The selection of the eagle for the reverse was more problematic.
The absence of a national coat of arms which artists could replicate in whole or in part demanded the selection of a motif capable of conveying the authority of a new country. The eagle, now a familiar symbol of American power, was selected more by a process of elimination than by an affirmative designation. A January 1791 report by the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton noted that "The eagle is not a very expressive or apt appellation for the largest gold piece, but nothing better appears..." For the past two centuries, numismatic artists in America have been interpreting the motifs of Liberty and the eagle with varying success.
Cornelius Vermeule, in his opus Numismatic Art in America, commented on the aesthetic challenges of this early issue. He wrote, "The bust of liberty, labeled 'Parent of Science and Industry,' is an unflattering cross between Martha Washington and one of the wild-eyed harridans who knitted while heads rolled during the French Revolution." Regarding the reverse, he commented that it resembled, "...an ailing barnyard fowl, with undersized wings spread at odd angles, curving neck, and oddly foreshortened body, a creature nowhere better seen than on the small surfaces of the dime and half-dime." Certainly, this design is not beautiful by traditional standards, yet its charm is undeniable.
This example is absolutely exceptional for the grade. Its surfaces are a handsome deep charcoal-gray with golden undertones that liven up the peripheries. It is free of the issues or distracting problems that plague these early coins, and it exhibits no distracting marks worthy of individual mention. The wear is even and the strike is uniform, resulting in rewarding detail remaining in the hair, and a strong profile to admire. A lively example that will certainly attract well-deserved attention when it crosses the auction block. (Registry values: P9) (PCGS# 11020)

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Guides and Pricing Information:

Previous Prices from Heritage Auctions
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Price Guide
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Population Guide
Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image




FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
929,820
bidder-members
$909,966,351
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Only 31 days left to consign to the 2015 July 9 - 13 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando!
Learn About Consigning With Us
Thank you so much for all your guidance and assistance throughout the auction process.
James M. Sigler
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED SO FAR $44,427,591
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED SO FAR $6,634,464
2015 April 9 - 13 CICF World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 13 CICF World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $523,128
COIN AND
CURRENCY SURVEY
You could win!
Take the Survey