Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: John Harper
Mintage: 1,500
Obverse Designer: Robert Birch?
Reverse Designer: Robert Birch?
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.3500g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (8/17/2018)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Diagonally reeded
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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: 6/14/2017

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Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2018 1792 H10C MS
 --10 %5 %12 %12 %2 %--5 %17 %-10 %7 %2 %14 %5 %----- 

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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
8/5/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5544 $17,625.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4051 $305,500.00
3/26/2015 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 2578 $85,187.50
8/10/2016 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 3991 $30,550.00
11/1/2017 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 1 & 3 Eric P. Newman Collection Part IX US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1260/Lot# 15075 $132,000.00

NGC Registry

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Grade: VF 30
Points: 0
Owner: BillJones
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