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    1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, AU Details
    Iconic First Mint Issue

    1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7 -- Obverse Damage -- NGC Details. AU. Ex: Hilt Collection. The 1792 half disme was the first issue struck under the authority of the Mint Act of 1792. Because the coinage was urgently needed and the mint building was not ready for operations, the coins were actually struck in the cellar of Philadelphia sawmaker John Harper, located at the corner of Sixth and Cherry Streets. The striking was recorded in Thomas Jefferson's account book on July 13, 1792, where he mentioned 1,500 half dismes were delivered that day. President George Washington noted "there has been a small beginning in the coinage of half dismes, the want of small coins in circulation calling the first attention to them" in his fourth annual address on November 6, 1792. The 1792 half disme has been avidly collected since the earliest days of the hobby and collectors prize examples in all grades and conditions.

    The present coin is a still-attractive example of this iconic issue, despite a noticeable dent in the upper-left obverse field. The obverse design elements are sharply rendered and show just a trace of actual wear and the surface is lightly abraded, aside from the noted dent. Traces of mint luster shine through pleasing shades of blue, lavender, and gray toning. The reverse is similar, although not quite as sharply detailed as the obverse. The overall presentation remains quite attractive.
    From The Liberty USA Collection, Part 2.


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