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    Exceptional MS66 1794 Half Dime
    V-3, LM-3

    1794 H10C MS66 NGC. V-3, LM-3, R.4. A truly amazing first-year Flowing Hair half dime, not only because of its lofty grade assignment, but also by virtue of its outstanding eye appeal. This beauty has it all: an abundance of natural luster, extraordinary sharpness of detail for the design type, and satiny surfaces that are free of all but the most trivial of Mint-caused planchet voids. A pale golden wash of color heightens the appeal of this spectacular coin, highlighting the peripheral legends and devices in particular. This piece is from a late state of the reverse die, with prominent die cracks from the rim at 7 o'clock, across the eagle's tail, and then to the rim at 5 o'clock, with another crack dropping from the eagle's tailfeathers to the rim at 6 o'clock. This advanced state of the die affords a good look back into time at the early technology of the Mint, when die steel was at a premium and dies were frequently worked until they shattered. This piece is tied as the second finest example of the date certified by NGC, and only one coin has been graded higher, and notably it is finer than the Eliasberg coin. The exceptionally high grade of this coin suggests that it was either set aside at the time of issue as the first of the design type, or it may have been one of the 15 or so pristine 1794s that were part of the Wadsworth-Rea hoard discovered around 1880.
    Ex: Long Beach (Heritage, 9/1998), lot 5830.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 22ZT, PCGS# 4250)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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