Lot #14. 1793 Liberty Cap Half Cent. B-3, C-3. Rarity-3. AU-53 (PCGS).
The January 2009 Orlando Rarities Sale - 1/4/2009
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Curiously, this coin carries PCGS #1001 on its insert, which is the number reserved for the 1793 Half Cent in Red and Brown. This is obviously a mechanical error on the part of PCGS as this AU example should have been certified with the coin number 1000.
Not only is the 1793 the first Half Cent struck in the United States Mint, but it is also the only issue in the Liberty Cap series on which the portrait faces to the left on the obverse. An understandably critical issue for the completion of a type set of United States coinage, the 1793 Half Cent enjoys strong collector demand even in the lowest grades. The present example is not low grade, however, but relatively high grade with only light wear to the devices. As such, both sides retain overall bold definition that allows full appreciation of all major features. Sandy-brown patina is evenly distributed over surfaces that are remarkably smooth for the grade, a few wispy pinscratches under the bust being all but indistinguishable to the unaided eye. An aesthetically pleasing piece that is sure to have no difficulty finding its way into an advanced collection.