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    The Half Disme of 1792


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    1792                               Half Disme of 1792

    Obverse:   LIB. PAR. OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY. [below bust is the date1792].
    Reverse:  UNI. STATES OF AMERICA   HALF / DISME [with star below]

    Weight:  20.4 g   (1.32 grams)                  Diameter:  1.73 mm

    Comments:  These coins were made with a beaded border and a diagonally reeded edge. On the obverse note that the 2 of the date leans to the left. On the reverse there appears to be a very small die crack behind the eagle's left talon (seen as a dot). This example had a hole at 12:00 o'clock, destroying the end of the L, the entire I and the start of the B in LIB as well as the very top of Liberty's hair on the obverse and destroying the OF on the reverse. This hole has been repaired and the damaged areas restored. For images of ANASC black and white photos from before the restoration click here - detail of obverse   500 dpi, 142K;   detail of reverse   500 dpi, 141K;   full photo   250 dpi, 562K.

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection.

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