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    1793 C-1, B-1 Half Cent, VF35
    Nicely Centered Early Die State

    1793 Liberty Cap Left, Bent Cap, C-1, B-1, High R.3, VF35 NGC. Our EAC grade VF25. 107.2 grains. Breen Die State II. Manley Die State 2.0. An early die state before the reverse rim break appeared over F AME. This is undoubtedly one of the first 7,000 half cents coined at the Philadelphia Mint on July 19, 1793. Those half cents were delivered from the Chief Coiner Henry Voigt on July 20, a day that ranged from fair to rainy, with west to northwest winds and a high of 87 degrees. Dr. Benjamin Rush recorded daily weather observations in 1793 as part of his detailed study of yellow fever. The meteorological data will help us understand what conditions were like at the first mint when our earliest copper coins were produced, and how heat and humidity impacted that process.

    Glossy steel-brown surfaces show the usual scattered marks that are expected at this grade level. This is a pleasing, well-centered impression of our nation's first half cent variety. A trivial rim nick over the I in UNITED will identify this piece. HALF CENT is weak, a diagnostic feature of all but the very earliest die states of the variety. The complete borders and outer margin are unusual for the C-1, B-1 variety that is normally found on narrow planchets. Walter Breen writes: "This variety is normally on the narrowest planchets of the year; broad planchet examples are very rare." Here is an excellent broad-planchet example of a classic in American numismatics.
    Ex: Century Sale (Superior, 2/1992), lot 425; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2222, Variety PCGS# 35003, Base PCGS# 1000)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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