1793 1/2 C AU58 PCGS. CAC. C-4, B-4, R.3....
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The 1793 half cents were produced to the extent of 35,334 pieces--interestingly, this amount is statistically, if not exactly, equal to the number of 1793 Chain cents produced. The half cents were made using two obverse and three reverse dies in four combinations, all of roughly equal rarity today, in the R.3 range,
This 1793 half cent is predominantly light olive-tan, with splashes of dark steel on each side surrounding the devices. The reverse has been cleaned and recolored, showing traces of light orange-copper color. The surfaces exhibit a glossy appearance, but microscopic evidence exists of scratches and other roughness.
We are unable to trace the provenance of this memorable example, although it is neither the Norweb coin nor the Earle, M. Holmes, Gardner, nor Bareford coins in the Breen Census from the half cent Encyclopedia. Population: 15 in 58, 21 finer (6/10). MRB XF45.
From The Dr. and Mrs. Claude Davis Collection.(Registry values: P8) (NGC ID# 2222, PCGS# 1000)
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