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    1792 Half Disme, Judd-7
    'A Small Beginning' for U.S. Coinage

    1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, PCGS Genuine. The PCGS number ending in .98 suggests Damage as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, the coin has XF Details. A bright and well-detailed example of this important issue, the first regular-issue United States federal coin. In his fourth Annual Message (November 6, 1792), President George Washington mentioned these pieces, referring to "a small beginning in the coinage of half-dismes, the want of small coins in circulation calling the first attention to them." While they have always been recognized as significant, unraveling centuries of myth interwoven with the facts has been difficult.

    This piece is recorded as Coin 20-10 (the Massey specimen) in the census provided in the recent publication 1792: Birth of a Nation's Coinage (available from Heritage). It was located in 2004 by a metal detectorist in a New Jersey tomato garden. It is from the earliest die state (1-A), with no crack on the reverse. As such, it is considered one of the 1,500 half dismes struck for Thomas Jefferson in July 1792, which are held to be regular-issue coins.

    The coin shows a number of scratches and nicks on its surface, as well as evidence of having been buried for some time. That said, the level of detail visible is quite strong, particularly on the obverse.
    From The Julian Kaufman Collection.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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