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    1972 Half Disme MS 63 PCGS. Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.3. The half dismes of 1792 are technically a pattern issue, but like 1856 Flying Eagle cents, they were struck in sufficient numbers to warrant inclusion in the regualar series of U.S. coins. We know they were struck as patterns from a memorandum written in 1844 by Dr. Jonas McClintock who stated that “...they were never desingned as Currency.” McClintock was at one time a melter and refiner in the Mint. He is also one of the two sources for the mintage figure of two thousand pieces for the half disme issue as well a supporter of the belief that President Washington donated one-hundred dollars in bullion for the prupose of striking the coins. All of McClintock’s information came from Adan Eckfeldt, who was in the Mint’s employ at the time these were struck.The half dismes of 1792 were actually struck several months before the first Mint building was completed later in the same year. the coins were struck in the basement of John Harper, a local saw maker, located at the corner of Cherry and 6th Streets. The entire mintage was delivered to Thomas Jefferson on July 13, who in turn delivered them to General and Mrs. Washington, they allegedly gave away many of the coins to their friends in Virginia. The need for coinage was so great in early America, however, that very few pieces were set aside as mementoes, Consequently, only a small handful survive today in AU or mint condition.This is an extraordinarily well preserved example that is fully uncirculated. There are none of the plancher flakes on either side of this specimen, as often seen on half dismes. A couple of shallow, curved scratches are noted on the reverse beneath the ME of AMERICA, these being the only detracting surface blemishes we see on either side. The obverse is deeply toned and an almost opaque gray haze covers that side of the coin. The reverse has a deep golden-brown patina with much underlying vibrancy. Generally well struck on both sides, there is just a bit of softness noted on the highest portions of the design elements, that is, several of the hair curls on the obverse and the highpoint of the eagle’s breast on the reverse.For historic importance, the 1792 half disme is without peer among the annals of early U.S. coinage. Struck from George Washington’s own silverware, every coin produced can trace its pedigree back to the Father of Our Country. It is alleged that Martha Washington sat as the model for the figure of Liberty seen on the obverse. The condition of this coin places it among the finest examples known of this rare and important issue. Only two other pieces have been so graded by PCGS according to their April Population Report with three others listed in higher grades. A rare opportunity for the serious collector of U.S. coinage. (NGC ID# D93T, PCGS# 11020)

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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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