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1793 1/2 C, BN

1998 September Long Beach Sale #192

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 24, 1998
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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Brown Uncirculated 1793 B-4 Half Cent
1793 MS 64 Brown NGC. Short 7 in the date, with long ribbons and stems. No period after AMERICA. B-4, C-4, R.3. Ex: Dawson. The B-4 is often considered to be the commonest variety of this first year issue, but our experience has it showing up less often than the B-3. The 1793 half cent is perhaps one of the most popular and widely collected American coins, as it represents the first year of production at the minting facility in Philadelphia as well as the first issue of the smallest denomination of U.S. coinage. Few specimens have survived in higher grades due to heavy usage in circulation over many years.
The surfaces on this impressive uncirculated example are medium brown with glimpses of faded mint color just noticeable about the date and LIBERTY. There is very little evidence of die rust on the obverse, a fairly common trait of the variety. The devices are perfectly centered and boldly struck in all areas. A terrific piece of early copper from the Andre Dawson collection. Population: 1 in 64, none finer (6/98). (NGC ID# 2222, PCGS# 1000)

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