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    Medium Grade, Well Defined 1792 Half Disme

    1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, AU50 NTC (XF DETAILS, REPAIRED). Minor repairs were made on the obverse of this piece, but fairly extensive repair work was done to the reverse. The obverse shows uneven detailing on the central design of Liberty, most especially on the upper hair and upper portion of the face. The reverse shows slight softness on the eagle and there are a few small planchet voids also in the center, a minted flaw that is seen on most of the half dismes we have encountered. Pinkish-blue and deeper gray toning is seen over each side. A few short scratches are located above Liberty's hair, there are a couple of shallow planchet voids in the center portion of the obverse, and a couple of very shallow scratches are positioned to the left and through the eagle's left wing on the reverse.
    It is not known if the story of President Washington donating his silverware is an apocryphal one or not, but it is certain that the bullion for these coins originated with him. It is also known that the all the coins were delivered to Washington with Thomas Jefferson as an intermediary. Technically a pattern issue, half dismes are so well known to U.S. collectors and have been so actively pursued over the past 150 years that they are now considered an integral part of regular Federal coinage, a situation that is analogous to some 1856 Flying Eagle cents. While this coin has its technical problems, it is still a high grade and well defined example of this rare prototype from the first official coinage produced in the United States, and as such it is an important opportunity for the advanced type collector.
    Formerly offered in our 2002 New York Auction, lot 8466, with further repairs done to the coin since that time. (#11020) (Registry values: P9) (NGC ID# D93T, PCGS# 11020)

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