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    1794 Copper Half Dime, Judd-16, AU50
    Unique Example of the V-2, LM-2 Die Pairing

    1794 DTH10C Half Dime, Judd-16, Pollock-21, Unique, AU50 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The V-2, LM-2 half dime die pairing, struck in copper with a plain edge, and unique as such. Three other 1794-dated copper half dime patterns are known with reeded edges, but none of them are the V-2, LM-2 variety.

    After the "small beginning" of 1792-dated half dismes and the issuance of copper half cents and cents in 1793, by 1794 the Mint employees were tinkering with designs and technology for striking several silver denominations: half dimes, half dollars, and silver dollars. The 1794 copper half dimes appear to be true die trials, and examples in copper survive for three of the four Valentine die pairings known:

    --the present coin, V-2, LM-2, plain edge, unique;
    --V-3, LM-3 in copper, reeded edge, two known, Judd-15; and
    --V-4, LM-4, reeded edge, also included under Judd-15 and believed unique.

    Nonetheless, it is now believed that all of the regular-strike 1794 silver half dimes were delivered on March 30, 1795 (see Logan and McCloskey's series reference), so the die trials could have been struck in late 1794 or earlier in 1795. They were the first of the new silver denomination to actually be struck within the confines of the U.S. Mint buildings, as the 1792-dated half dismes were struck on the premises of sawyer John Harper, of Philadelphia, before the official Mint facilities were completed.

    The present example, certified AU50 PCGS, is softly struck on the upper obverse and lower reverse, an effect likely attributed to a slight die misalignment. There is a small oval planchet defect in the center of the eagle's breast, neither overt nor distracting. The surfaces overall are a pleasing almond-brown. As one of several "setup pieces" known in various denominations from the Mint's earliest days, this unique pattern is a coin of appreciable historical importance.
    Ex: Winsor Sale (S.H. and H. Chapman, 12/1895, lot 737); Virgil Brand (journal #19123); Norweb Collection (New Netherlands 41st sale, 9/1953, lot 418); 293rd Mail Sale (Hollinbeck-Kagin, 4/1971, lot 841); Stack's (1/1987), lot 512.
    Collecting Patterns – A Brief History and Commentary

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 294R, PCGS# 11045)

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