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: $1.00 (1/20/2021)
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: 4/9/2019

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1792 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33500 50000 58500 85000 115000 180000 185000 195000 200000 210000 215000 230000 350000 580000 690000 1000000 1280000 1500000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 385000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
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: 1/19/2021 1792 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--42551--27-43161-----41
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Total--42551--27-43161-----41
 --10%5%12%12%2%--5%17%-10%7%2%15%2%----- 

NGC Registry

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Grade: VF 30
Points: 0
Owner: BillJones
 
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