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    1794 V-2, LM-2 Half Dime, MS62
    Rare First-Year Variety, Elusive in Mint State

    1794 H10C MS62 PCGS. V-2, LM-2, R.5. This attractive MS62 1794 half dime shows medium steel-gray patina with glints of pinkish hues and good luster throughout both sides. The planchet is in good shape, but the obverse dentilation is weak from 10 to 2 o'clock, and oppositely around the lower rim on the reverse. This coin shows a pleasing wealth of detail for the grade, and contact marks or other distractions are minimal.

    Variety: V-2, LM-2, R.5. The R in LIBERTY is mostly right of the hair, while on the reverse a leaf tip runs to the center of U in UNITED. There are two inner and no outer berries under the left wing. Die State: Small die cracks appear on the reverse, one connecting the eagle's leg's just above the claws, a second running into the right field from a dentil left of M(ERICA).

    Population Data (4/14): For all 1794 half dime varieties, the PCGS data show 10 submissions in MS62 with 38 finer. The population data are not broken down by variety. Early coinage specialists are less concerned about overall survival of the coinage dated for a particular year than the survival of the individual varieties.

    Heritage Commentary: The V-2, LM-2 is rare in an absolute sense and second-rarest of the four 1794 half dime varieties, rarer than the V-3, LM-3 and V-4, LM-4 (both R.4 or very scarce) and more available than the V-1, LM-1, ranked R.6 or very rare. Copper pattern examples of this die marriage are also known (Judd-15, reeded edge; Judd-16, plain edge).

    Provenance: Numisma '95 (Stack's, 11/1995), lot 1153.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 22ZT, PCGS# 4250)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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