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    Legendary 1792 Half Disme

    1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.3--Repaired, Whizzed--ANACS. VF Details, Net Fine12. The Half Dismes and Dismes of 1792 are issues that have entered the pantheon of United States rarities. Designed by Robert Birch, these pieces were struck under the auspices of the Mint even though the Mint buildings themselves were not fully operational at the time. Legends surround these pieces, most of which appear to be true. Among them are that the silver from which these coins were struck was supplied by President Washington and is, in fact, part of a silver service furnished by him. Another legend is that the figure of Liberty was modeled after Martha Washington. Half Dismes are technically pattern pieces. We know of their intended purpose from a memorandum written in 1844 by Dr. Jonas McClintock who stated that "...they were never designed 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 purpose of striking the coins. All of McClintock's information came from Adam Eckfeldt, who was in the Mint's employ at the time these pieces were struck. Even though technically struck as patterns, there are sufficient numbers available that Half Dismes have long been considered a part of the regular U.S. series of coins.
    This piece is really much finer than one might be led to believe from the disclaimers on the ANACS insert. We cannot find evidence of any repair work on either side. We really have looked it over, but if a repair was made we can't find it. And in regard to the Cleaned, yes. Whizzed, no. Medium gray toning covers each side with deeper patina around the devices. Irregularly struck with better definition on the eagle than on the head of Liberty, there are a few small planchet flaws on each side, a trait that is found on almost all Half Dismes.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 22ZS, PCGS# 11020)

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    July, 2002
    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
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