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    Historic 1792 Half Disme, VF Details

    1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4--Repaired--NCS. VF Details. By now the story has been told and retold, and it is hardly news any longer. But it always bears repeating when a new discovery is made about the origin of a well-known rarity. In 2003 researchers Joel Orosz and Carl Herkowitz discovered a memorandum, the summary of an interview actually, written by John McAllister in 1844. McAllister had a conversation with Adam Eckfeldt, who was present at the time of the striking of the 1792 half dismes. The way Eckfeldt remembered it the half dismes were struck for General Washington and mostly distributed by him as presents. Whether the actual silver contained in the half dismes is the same silver that Washington deposited "in Bullion or Coin," remains unanswered. However, the two researchers did write a convincing refutation about the "yarns" that various authors spun in the 19th century about Martha Washington's silverware being used for the coins.
    This piece has medium gray patina over much of each side with lighter, almost silver color in the centers. The repair referred to on the NCS insert is apparently on the head of Liberty. Half dismes are known for their planchet flaws. It appears that a large, distracting planchet flaw was located on the face of Liberty, and it was thought that smoothing and repairing it was preferable to leaving it as it was. The remainder of the surfaces are pleasing for the grade with shallow, scattered marks scattered about. The only readily apparent planchet flaw is located in the reverse field just above the eagle's left (facing) wing.
    From The Southland Collection.(Registry values: P9) (NGC ID# D93T, PCGS# 11020)

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    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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