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$370,000 Buys 1792 Silver Half Disme

This history of the production of the 1792 half disme is one of the most important events in the birth of our nation’s coinage. (Image courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers)

At the conclusion of bidding at Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers’ Pre-Long Beach Auction on June 2, a PCGS graded MS-64 half disme, which was estimated to sell $350,000 sold for $370,000.

Only 1,500 of these coins were struck and it is estimated that less than 200 examples survived.   PCGS reports seeing a total of 91, with just 13 in MS-64 or better condition, while NGC reports seeing a total of 42 examples, with 8 in MS-64 or higher grade.

This example was nicely toned with reflective surfaces.  It displays a sharp strike with decent centering.

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