1856 Liberty Seated Half Dime. Proof-65 (PCGS). CAC.

1856 Li

1859 Liberty Seated Half Dime. Proof-67 (PCGS). CAC.

1859 Li

1796 Draped Bust Dime. JR-4. Rarity-4. AU Details--Cleaned (PCGS).

1796 Dr

1804 Draped Bust Dime. JR-2. Rarity-5. 14 Stars Reverse. EF Details--Scratch (PCGS).

1804 Dr

1805 Draped Bust Dime. JR-2. Rarity-1. 4 Berries. MS-65 (NGC).

1805 Dr

1822 Capped Bust Dime. JR-1, the only known dies. Rarity-3+. AU Details--Cleaned (PCGS).

1822 Ca

1874-S Liberty Seated Dime. Arrows. Fortin-102. Rarity-4. Small Thin S. MS-66+ (PCGS).


1884-S Liberty Seated Dime. MS-67 (PCGS).


1895 Barber Dime. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.

1895 Ba

1921 Mercury Dime. MS-67 FB (NGC).

1921 Me

1931-S Mercury Dime. MS-67 FB (PCGS).


1796 Draped Bust Quarter. B-1. Rarity-4+. VG Details--Repaired (PCGS).

1796 Dr

1796 Draped Bust Quarter. B-2. Rarity-3. AU-53 (PCGS).

1796 Dr

1796 Draped Bust Quarter. B-2. Rarity-3. VG-8 (PCGS).

1796 Dr

1796 Draped Bust Quarter. B-2. Rarity-3. Good-6 (PCGS).

1796 Dr

1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime. LM-8. Rarity-3. MS-63 (PCGS).

1795 Fl

1937-D Buffalo Nickel. FS-901. 3-Legged. MS-66+ (PCGS).


1936 Buffalo Nickel. Brilliant Proof-68 (NGC). CAC.

1936 Bu

1925-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-65+ (NGC). CAC.


1920-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-65+ (PCGS).


1885 Liberty Head Nickel. MS-66+ (PCGS). CAC.

1885 Li

1873 Shield Nickel. Open 3. FS-1301. Repunched Date, Large/Small 3. MS-62 (PCGS).

1873 Sh

1865 Nickel Three-Cent Piece. MS-67 (PCGS).

1865 Ni

1870 Two-Cent Piece. Proof-66+ RD (PCGS). CAC.

1870 Tw

1865 Two-Cent Piece. Plain 5. Proof-66 RD (PCGS). OGH.

1865 Tw

1864 Two-Cent Piece. FS-401. Small Motto. MS-65 RD (NGC).

1864 Tw

1970-S Lincoln Cent. Large Date. FS-101. Doubled Die Obverse. MS-65+ RD (PCGS).


1927-D Lincoln Cent. MS-66 RD (PCGS).


1924-S Lincoln Cent. MS-65 RD (PCGS). OGH.


1923-S Lincoln Cent. MS-65 RD (PCGS). OGH.



Lot:3045  1802波浪像五分Draped Bust Half Dime NGC AU 50


拍品分类 世界钱币 品相 NGC AU50
拍品估价 USD 300000 成交价 USD 192000
拍卖专场 SBP2019年11月巴尔地摩#4-白金之夜 拍卖公司 SBP
开拍日期 2019-11-15 06:00:00 结标日期 2019-11-15 09:00:00 拍卖状态 成交
拍品描述 1802 Draped Bust Half Dime. LM-1, the only known dies. Rarity-5. AU-50 (NGC).A richly and evenly toned example of this fabled Draped Bust silver rarity. As one of the very finest known, we expect this coin to be one of the most dynamic entries in our sale. Our congratulations in advance to the successful bidder.<p>Displaying deep steely-charcoal patina, there are also subtle olive and more pronounced pinkish-apricot undertones, especially on the reverse. A bit uneven in strike, typical of the issue and probably not worth mentioning, but we note softness at and near the lower left obverse border and on the reverse in and above the star field. It is boldly to sharply defined otherwise and is very attractive. Some scattered marks are typical for the AU grade. <p>Second only to the 1870-S half dime in desirability for the denomination, the 1802 half dime has captivated numismatists and scholars since the mid to late nineteenth century. The story of this legendary rarity goes back to the earliest days of the United States Mint. The half dime denomination has the distinction of being the first coin struck by the fledgling United States Mint, and while this achievement was heralded by George Washington as "a small beginning," the coin struggled to find an audience in commerce. Over 86,000 half dimes were produced from late 1794 through 1795, but this would be by far the largest mintage for the denomination in all its earliest years. Yellow fever was an ongoing concern in Philadelphia at the end of the eighteenth century and it took a toll on of the quantity of coins struck as well as their quality. Focus was placed on cents and half dollars, and the half dime was relegated somewhat as an ancillary denomination.<p>After a three-year hiatus, in 1800 the Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle half dime design by Robert Scot was introduced. Modest quantities of the 1800 and 1801 issues were struck in roughly comparable amounts to their bigger cousins, the dimes. Then came 1802. A single pair of dies -- the Logan McCloskey-1 pair -- was used to produce the entire reported mintage of 3,060 half dimes. The obverse die employed a distinctive logotype and placement for the date: the 1 is just free of Libertys lowest curl, the 8 has a thick center bar and is the largest of the four digits, a very wide 0 that is more oval than it is round, and a small 2 that is tilted upwards toward the right and just about but not quite touches the base of Libertys drapery. The reverse die was a workhorse that was first used in 1801 to coin the LM-1 and 2 die marriages and then again in 1803 for the LM-1 and LM-2 pairings. Three times as many dimes were recorded as made in 1802 and multiples of half dollars and dollars (no quarters were struck that year). In 1803, the mintage increased twelve-fold to nearly 38,000 half dimes, leaving the 1802 half dime as an anomalous dip in an otherwise steady if not generally impressive production of early half dimes. The Mint experienced some difficulties in striking the denomination throughout its early years. The Spanish colonial half real served much of the commercial needs for a small silver coin, so in 1805 the Mint suspended production of half dimes and would not resume until 24 years later in 1829.<p>The 1802 half dimes entered circulation unceremoniously and with few -- if any -- numismatists around to appreciate the rarity of the issue, there they stayed. Through normal wear and meltings (especially after the 1853 reduction in weight standards for silver coins), the number of survivors in change dropped. By the late 1850s, American numismatics had started to take root and in December 1859, the first recorded appearance of an 1802 half dime at auction was made in an Edward Cogan sale. In December 1863, the William A. Lilliendahl Collection specimen sold for $340, an astonishing price for a coin during the depths of the Civil War. By 1883, this issues scarcity was readily recognized, so much so that Harold P. Newlin devoted nearly a third of his landmark monograph on the series, <em>A Classification of the Early Half Dimes of the United States</em>, to the 1802 half dime. Of this issue, Newlin wrote that, "Upon these facts I base my opinion, that the half-dime of 1802 is the most desirable of the silver series." The Newlin monograph served as the primary reference for half dime collectors until Dr. Daniel W. Valentines 1931 work, <em>The United States Half Dimes</em>, where this issue is listed as V.1. In 1998, Russell J. Logan and John W. McCloskey published <em>Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837</em>, regarded as the definitive work on the subject.<p>Ever since Newlins treatise, the 1802 half dime gained considerable fame. Augustus G. Heaton, one-time president of the American Numismatic Association, referenced the coin as "his better half / The Little 1802" in his 1894 poem, "The Convention of the Thirteen Silver Barons." B. Max Mehl thought so highly of the issue that in his 1947 W. W. Neil sale, he not only allocated a full page for the half dime -- something he usually reserved for 1804 dollars -- but he also noted that "the 1802 half-dime has always been considered as one of our very rarest of all U.S. silver coins, nearly in the same category as the 1804 dollar." It was not be until the 1978 discovery of an 1870-S half dime that the 1802 faced any competition as the most celebrated issue of the denomination.<p>As a type, Draped Bust half dimes are rare, generally weakly struck, and mostly in low grade. This situation is compounded by the overall rarity of the 1802 issue. Numismatists have tried to assemble complete census of these coins ever since Newlins first attempt in his monograph, where he was able to record 16 auction appearances. Today, estimates vary widely as to how many individual examples remain extant. Walter Breen, in his 1988 Encyclopedia, gave an estimate of between 35 and 45, in part based on an earlier 1935 claim by James G. MacAllister, a coin dealer and cataloger for Wayte Raymond. However, in Logan and McCloskeys 1998 book, researcher David J. Davis concluded that 35 specimens would be an optimistic guess for surviving genuine examples. Indeed, the word "genuine" is crucial here; several previous auction offerings plus a couple of examples in institutional holdings have since been found to have altered dates.<p>In looking at recent survival estimates, 25 to 30 individual coins would be a reasonable assessment. Even at the high end of that range, the 1802 half dime poses other challenges, especially for numismatists desiring Mint State examples; simply put, there are none. Most are between Fair and VG, with a few mid-grade pieces known. The Condition Census for the issue starts at VF-30 and tops out at AU-55 with the Newlin-Garrett coin, which was submitted twice to PCGS, both times receiving that grade determination. So elusive is the 1802 half dime that an AU-50 specimen was featured in the superlative D. Brent Pogue Collection.<p>Logan and McCloskey rightly labeled the 1802 half dime "One of the classic rarities of U.S. numismatics." As we wrote in our 2015 sale of the Pogue specimen, "Beyond its status as the key date among all issues of the denomination, the 1802 half dime is a classic, the object of many collectors quests, and an epic destination unto itself." The present offering is an important opportunity to arrive at that destination with this exceptional once in a lifetime coin. Again, we congratulate the winner.<p><p>Ex J.P. Leavitts sale in 1863;Scotts Redlich Collection sale, 1878, lot 542a; W. Elliot Woodward Sale,October 1884; Thomas Elders sale of the James B. Wilson Collection, October1908; H.O. Granberg Collection; B. Max Mehls sale of the William CutlerAtwater Collection, June 1946, lot 1126; our (Stacks) sale of the James A.Stack, Sr. Collection, November 1989, lot 368; Heritages FUN Sale of January1998, lot 6631; Heritages Philadelphia 2000 Sale, August 2000, lot 6815;Heritages FUN Signature Sale of January 2001, lot 6699; Heritages Long Beach SignatureSale of June 2001, lot 7960; Heritages Chicago Signature Auction of August2011, lot 7065; Superiors Pre-Long Beach Sale of June 2002, lot 4138; DavidLawrences New York Invitational Sale of July 2004, lot 3054; Heritages SummerFUN Signature Sale of July 2011, lot 7065; Ira & Larry Goldbergs Pre-LongBeach Auction of January 2015, lot 1145. Now, your name will be added to thisillustrious roster.<p>