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    1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, VF Details

    1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4 -- Holed -- PCGS Genuine. VF Details. The 1792 half dismes occupy a place in U.S. numismatics unlike any other coin. It is the only coin mentioned in a presidential address. Washington in his annual address to Congress, mentions "a small beginning in the coinage of half dimes, the want of small coins in circulation calling the first attention to them." Many legends and myths surround these pieces and it has only been in the past 15 years that fact and fiction have begun to be separated. Probably 200 to 300 pieces remain out of the mintage of an estimated 1500 coins.

    This piece has surfaced from a collection since the recent publication of 1792: Birth of a Nation's Coinage (available from Heritage). A neat hole is located over the B in LIB. The hole is so well done it clearly suggests this piece was suspended from a watch chain or other ornament. The surfaces are deep reddish-tinted charcoal-gray with intermittent areas of near-brilliance. One shallow scrape is located below the eagle on the reverse; otherwise mark-free, and most notably for a half disme, free from the planchet voids that accompany most examples.


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    Numismatic Background and Census of 1802 Half Dimes: A Classic American Rarity
    This 64-page book cites mintage and rarity estimates by prominent numismatists and documents the currently known 1802 half dime appearances. Each of the 32 documented examples includes an enlarged obverse/reverse photograph, the author's assigned grade, the provenance of each coin, auction prices realized or dealer fixed asking price, and a unique serial number for each specimen that will facilitate retrieval for research, cataloging, or price-information purposes. Reserve your copy of this remarkable volume for just $29.95 today.
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