Finest Known 1792 Half Disme On Display At Long Beach Expo

(Long Beach, California) – The finest known surviving 1792 Half Disme (Judd-7, Breen-1360) will be displayed for the first time in California at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, June 3 – 5.  Another major attraction at the show will be two public seminars conducted by eBay about buying and selling collectibles online.

The sharply-struck, rainbow-toned silver Half Disme (an early spelling of the word, dime), is certified NGC-68.

"It is a tiny coin with a big history.  The Chief Coiner, Adam Eckfeldt, recalled years later that President George Washington personally deposited $100 of silver bullion so these coins could be struck in July 1792.  All 1,500 pieces minted were presented by Mint Director David Rittenhouse to then-Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, prior to their release into circulation," said Ronald J. Gillio, Expo General Chairman.

The coin is owned by Rare Coin Alliance, LTD., a wholesale rare coin trading fund managed by partners Bob Higgins and Don Ketterling, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

"There is a famous painting that portrays President and Mrs. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Mint Director Rittenhouse and other officials inspecting the just-struck first coins.  These are the prototype for today's five-cent denomination coins, and an early American expression of our national sovereignty,” said Higgins.