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
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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: 1/21/2015

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1792 H10C MS
Base $ 32000 52500 76000 85000 115000 115000 160000 175000 205000 230000 255000 285000 335000 475000 650000 750000 1000000 1275000 1600000 - -
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Total Graded: 43
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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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
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
10/18/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 3820 $158,625.00
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
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5569 $528,750.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5566 $18,212.50
1/9/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5568 $152,750.00
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
1792 H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 10196
Owner: BillJones
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