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    Desirable 1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, VG Details

    1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4--Plugged, Damaged--NGC Details. VG. The 1792 half dismes, although technically struck outside the Philadelphia Mint, are considered by most to be the first official U.S. coins. Only three months after the Coinage Act of 1792 was passed, production of half dismes commenced in the basement of John Harper, a local sawmaker. Although classified as patterns by both Judd and Pollock, the half dismes appear to have been meant for circulation and not simply as presentation or experimental pieces. The low grade of the present coin and many of the other survivors indicates that many 1792 half dismes entered circulated and stayed there for many years.
    A 1792 half disme is highly desirable in any grade. This piece has been plugged and shows some digs and scratches, but it still retains a significant portion of the design. Much of the obverse legends remain and a number of letters can still be read on the reverse. The NGC holder shows that the diagonal reeding on the edge is complete. A scarce and important issue.


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

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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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