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Prized Judd-7 1792 Half Disme
Choice Very Fine

1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, VF35 PCGS. The 1792 half disme exists in a sort of "twilight zone" between the Colonial/Early American issues and the Federal coinages. The 1792 half disme, along with the Birch cent, Silver-Center cent, and 1792 disme, share the same unifying motto, "LIBERTY PARENT OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY" in varying degrees of abbreviation, indicative of a conscious effort at uniformity. While the 1792 half disme dies are not signed, they are stylistically linked to the different varieties of Birch cent, suggesting that their creators were the same.
Among the various 1792-dated patterns, the half disme is the only one that is not rare in an absolute sense, though it is very scarce. Recent research suggests that despite the relatively high mintage, the 1792 half dismes were not intended to circulate, though in the context of the United States in 1792, a round disc made of good silver and stamped UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was bound to either circulate or be hoarded, depending on the scarcity of specie.
This example shows appreciable, even wear across each side, suggestive of either circulation or time spent as a pocket-piece, yet within the bounds of the Very Fine grade, it offers exceptional quality, with neither pre-striking planchet flaws nor post-striking abrasions of any significance. Luminous rose and gold elements grace otherwise pewter-gray surfaces that have considerable "life" to them. Slight waviness is present at the lower reverse, and a small flaw below the M of AMERICA serves as a pedigree marker. Population: 4 in 35, 39 finer (7/09).(Registry values: P9) (NGC ID# 946T, PCGS# 11020)

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9th-13th
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