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    1793 C-2, B-2 Half Cent, AU55
    Condition Census

    1793 1/2 C C-2, B-2, R.3, AU55 PCGS. The 1793 half cent holds an important place in U.S. coinage history. The first coin of this denomination to be produced by the Mint, this issue is also a coveted one-year type. Breen (Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents: 1793-1857) believes that the Philadelphia Mint prepared two obverse and three reverse dies for this issue between April and July, 1793. The obverse design was based on sketches prepared by David Rittenhouse, who in turn relied heavily on Augustin Dupre's attractive Libertas Americana medal of 1782. On July 20, the first 7,000 pieces were produced, followed by 24,934 coins on July 26, and a further 3,400 pieces on September 18. These deliveries totaled a mere 35,334 pieces.

    The present variety is the second scarcest die marriage of this issue after C-1, B-1. Since Breen's (1983) Condition Census for C-2, B-2 includes three XF coins, the present Choice AU example easily qualifies for this important status. This is a remarkably appealing representative. Both sides are evenly toned in crimson-brown. The strike is both expertly centered and exceptionally bold. We note that the reverse is rotated several degrees clockwise in relation to the obverse. There are a few small abrasions on the obverse and green verdigris has gathered between some of the leaves in the reverse wreath, but we stress that the surfaces possess nearly unsurpassable eye appeal for the issue. A lovely coin that makes a significant contribution to the importance of this sale. Our EAC grade XF40.
    Ex: FUN Signature (1/2001), lot 6090; Atlanta Signature (8/2001), lot 5128.
    From The Washington Spring Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2222, Variety PCGS# 35006, Base PCGS# 1000)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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