Famous 1792 Half Disme
1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4 -- Damaged -- NGC
Details. VG. The 1792 half disme holds a unique place in U.S.
coinage. It was a silver issue struck for circulation, but not at
the First Philadelphia Mint, which did not open until 1793.
Instead, it was coined in the basement of John Harper, a sawmaker
who lived a short distance from the fledgling Mint. Numismatic
legend has it that the obverse bust depicts First Lady Martha
Washington, and that her silverware was the source of the bullion
for the issue. It is more likely that the portrait is merely
symbolic of Liberty, and that the bullion came from
Spanish-American silver coin owned by George Washington, who
referred to the issue in his November 6, 1792, State of the Union
address. Approximately 1,500 pieces were struck, and survivors are
coveted in all grades. The present silver-gray specimen has only a
few small marks, but the surfaces are wavy and show uneven wear.
The date is bold, as is the lower portrait, and the left reverse
and right obverse.
Judd-7, VG Details
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