Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Impressive 1792 Half Disme, XF40

    1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, XF40 PCGS. Throughout the broad range of U.S. coinage from 1792 to the present day, this issue is arguably the most significant of any that has ever been struck. Although still recorded as a pattern issue in current references, most numismatists now consider the 1792 half disme to be a regular issue coin. Over the years, much has been speculated and much has been written, but little is known for sure. We know that these coins were struck in July 1792, prior to completion of the actual Mint buildings, thus they were struck at another location. That location is generally believed to be John Harper's cellar, just a short distance from the Mint site. The actual mintage is not known, although evidence points to 1,500 coins, and this seems appropriate, based on the number that are still in existence today, about 200 pieces. A number of different pattern coins were struck by the U.S. in 1792, but the half disme is the only one that was produced in large enough quantity to be considered a regular issue. Late in the year, President Washington referred to these coins in has national address. For over 200 years, these coins have been among the most prized numismatic items ever issued by the United States.
    This is a splendid higher grade circulated example with pleasing pewter-gray color, somewhat darker along the obverse border and lighter on the devices. Close examination reveals a few faint scratches, particularly on the reverse, and fainter hairlines on both sides. One reverse scratch from the E of STATES to the top of the eagle's wing may prove to be an adequate pedigree marker. When this piece was struck, the die faces were slightly out of parallel with the lower obverse and upper reverse borders weakly defined.
    From The Troy Wiseman Collection.(Registry values: P9) (NGC ID# D93T, PCGS# 11020)


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

    View all of [The Troy Wiseman Collection ]

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    13th-16th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 3,106

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    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.
    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 18 days left to consign to the 2018 August 14 - 17 ANA WFOM World Coins Signature Auction - Philadelphia!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thank you for your support and counsel during the process and I continue to be impressed by the skill and expertise of the Heritage Auction staff, as well as the clever web site.
    Bruce S.,
    Maplewood, NJ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 April 25 - 29 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 25 - 29 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $20,943,061
    2018 April 20 - 23 CCE World Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 20 - 23 CCE World Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $8,516,285
    2018 April 26 - 30 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    2018 April 26 - 30 CSNS World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $946,904