David Rittenhouse’s Presidential Appointment and 1792 Half Disme at the ANA World’s Fair of Money

July 1, 2013 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

July 1, 2013 By Coin Update (

Two of the most important, related items of early American numismatics — the document signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson appointing David Rittenhouse as the first Director of the United States Mint and Rittenhouse’s own superb condition 1792 half disme — will be publicly displayed together for the first time.  Both items will be featured attractions at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money ( in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, August 13 – 17, 2013.

“This 1792 half-disme is important not only because it represents the first coinage of the United States and was directly authorized by George Washington himself, perhaps even being made from Martha’s silverware, but also due to the fact that it actually belonged to David Rittenhouse, the first Director of the United States Mint.  That means that this particular coin was held by Thomas Jefferson, David Rittenhouse and perhaps even George Washington – what an amazing provenance!” said Doug Mudd, Curator of the ANA’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.

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