Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: John Harper
Catalog: KM-5
Obverse Designer: Robert Birch?
Reverse Designer: Robert Birch?
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.35 Grams
Diameter: 16.5 mm
Edge: Diagonally reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1792 H10C MS obverse 1792 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The age-old debate over whether this first United States half dime is a pattern or a regular issue will likely never be resolved. The popular Red Book treats it as a pattern, but clearly the estimated mintage of 1500 pieces points toward a hesitant start at circulating coinage. All of these are believed to have been struck at the factory of saw maker John Harper in Philadelphia, just a short distance from the U. S. Mint buildings then under construction or renovation from previous usage.

This date's survival rate is disproportionately high, as it was recognized as a significant issue by early coin collectors. A few hundred examples are known over a wide range of grades. Most are quite well worn and/or damaged to some degree, with just a small handful of Mint State survivors.

There is just the single die pair known for 1792, and this design was not used for any subsequent half dime mintages. It is thus extremely desirable as a one-year-only type coin, as well as the first emission of silver coinage by the United States of America.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/28/2014

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1792 H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27500 45000 77500 89000 125000 125000 150000 165000 180000 200000 230000 265000 325000 450000 590000 675000 875000 - 1450000 - -
$ 135000 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1271 $299,000.00
8/11/2010 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3061 $43,125.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3063 $26,450.00
1/9/2013 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5565 $58,750.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2025 $470,000.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5176 $528,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1792 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1608177048929101961117211643120751263612981134621376214619158261684217723188662015321455226583145237556
202766228112935110521113291178712262127511314113562140471502116164171351810419295205872185625589334860
000000117871226212751131411356214047150211616417135181041929520587218562558900
000000119311244912866133011366214333154231650317429184851972421021222572852000
1792 H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1608177048929101961117211643120751263612981134621376214619158261684217723188662015321455226583145237556
202766228112935110521113291178712262127511314113562140471502116164171351810419295205872185625589334860
000000117871226212751131411356214047150211616417135181041929520587218562558900
000000119311244912866133011366214333154231650317429184851972421021222572852000
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 10196
Owner: BillJones
 
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