1792 H10C VF20

CERTIFICATION#: 03295048
PCGS#: 11020

Owner's Comments

The most historic United States coin! About 1500 were struck in July 1792 under Mint auspices before the first mint building was completed.The silver for these was probably furnished by President Washington, who took a great interest in the establishment of the Mint.I believe the estimated number of survivors,by most auction catalogers, is greatly exaggerated.The late Jack Collins did an in-depth study of 1794 Silver Dollars. This study was continued by Martin Logies and it is now estimated that there are 140-150 1794 Silver Dollars surviving. The 1792 Half Disme appears less often, at auction, than the 1794 Dollar and fewer have been graded by the major services.My estimate of the number of 1792 Half Dismes surviving is about 125.Purchased from Kenneth Goldman at the 1996 FUN show.

Expert Comments

David Hall: The PCGS graded MS67 is from the great John Pittman collection, one of the highest quality U.S. coin collections ever assembled. This specimen has amazing mark-free surfaces and a fully rounded cheek. The luster and originality are outstanding in every way. This coin, along with the PCGS graded SP67, is the finest known example of the first coin officially struck by the U.S. Mint.

 

Diameter: 17.50 millimeters Designer: Unknown Edge: Diagonally reeded
Mintage: 1,500 Weight: 1.35 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
2
11,500
3
18,000
2
4
29,000
10
55,000
3
45+
122,000
50+
132,500
53
140,000
1
53+
145,000
55+
160,000
58+
185,000
62
260,000
62+
285,000
63+
415,000
64+
545,000
65
625,000
1
65+
650,000
66
775,000
2
66+
875,000
67
1,100,000
1
68
1,250,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 275 R-6.5 1 / 1 1 / 1
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 1 / 1 1 / 1
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 1 / 1 1 / 1

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

David Rittenhouse, first director of the United States Mint; Rittenhouse family, kept within the family by Rittenhouse's descendants from July 1792 until - Henry Chapman 10/1919:249, $56 - George L. Tilden - Thomas Elder 6/1921:2029, $62 - private collector, who apparently stored the coin in a Wayte Raymond album - unnamed museum in New England - Stack's 10/1988:536, $68,750 - unknown intermediaries - dealer Jay Parrino, early 1990s, as agent for the anonymous "Knoxville Collection," early 1990s to 2003 - private collector, 2003 to January 2007 - Steve Contursi - Cardinal Collection, acquired for $1,500,000 in 2007 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13093, $1,145,625

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

David Rittenhouse (reportedly traced back to the family by Dr. Judd) - Dr. J. Hewitt Judd - Paramount “Auction '80” 8/1980:592 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's 10/1985:3 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2013:4043, $793,125

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

MARCA 5/1987:721 - Superior “Chalkley-Ryer” 1/1990:2354 - Heritage 1/2014:5176, $528,750