The D. Brent Pogue Collection

backSuperb Gem Mint State 1796/5 Half Dime

Lot 1007
Superb Gem Mint State 1796/5 Half Dime

Earliest Draped Bust Variety
Finest Graded by PCGS

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1796/5 Draped Bust Half Dime. LM-2. Rarity-6. MS-66 (PCGS). This outstanding Gem was called "perhaps finest known" by Heritage, perhaps conservatively as it is the single finest coin to be certified by PCGS. The coin was described:

This spectacular coin is uncommonly well brought up in the centers. The mint luster is bright, and the reverse field displays a semi-reflective gleam. A few shallow horizontal adjustment marks are seen in the center of the obverse. The only marks of any note on either side are a couple of light abrasions in the lower right obverse field. The obverse shows light rose-colored patina, while the reverse is mostly pale lilac with rose-golden accents around the margins.

In 1795 this die was prepared with the Draped Bust obverse, new that year and otherwise used only on two silver dollar dies, BB-71 and 72. In 1796 the Draped Bust design became widely used for the first time on the cent, half dime, dime, quarter, half dollar and dollar.

In a way the 1796/5 coin is a 1795 half dime. The under digit 5 is sharp and clear beneath the 6.

This variety has not been widely publicized, and in our opinion is one of the most interesting, most significant of all American silver coins of its decade. We estimate that perhaps 40 to 50 examples exist overall. The Pogue Collection Gem is indeed a rarity in terms of grade.

Provenance: Essex Palm Collection; Heritage FUN Convention Sale, January 2007, lot 842; Madison Collection; Heritage FUN Convention Sale, January 2008, lot 2743.

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