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    1794 Half Dime, V-4, LM-4
    Reflective AU58 Example

    1794 H10C V-4, LM-4, R.4, AU58 PCGS. CAC. Copper-gold centers cede to lovely aqua, jade, and golden toning nearer the rims on each side of this lightly circulated but highly reflective 1794 half dime. Two centering dots show on the obverse (on most if not all known examples of this obverse), surrounded by two thin circular raised lines, some artifact in the die. This piece does show a linear scrape into the metal that intersects that same area of the obverse. This is a lovely coin with a touch of rub that keeps it from a high Mint State grade.

    Variety: V-4, LM-4, R.4. Star 1 is recut and touches curls 1 and 2 with two of its points. One leaf tip touches the U(NITED) and one berry shows under the I in that word. Die State: The obverse is free of mentionable die cracks. The reverse shows a small crack from the rim above D in UNITED, passing through an olive leaf below, the left eagle's wing, and terminating at the breast. Faint clash marks show on the upper reverse.

    Population Data (8/15): For the date, PCGS reports 15 in AU58 and four dozen finer; the finest is a lone MS66. For the variety, PCGS reports one each in AU58 and MS64.

    Heritage Commentary: The two-year Flowing Hair half dime type is an essential one for completists, and this coin should have multiple admirers from more than one camp. This first-year coin was offered in the 1996 Stack's sale as "Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, Prooflike" but uncertified, doubtless because of its reflective surfaces. The surfaces are reflective and well-centered, but the AU58 PCGS assessment is far closer to the mark, particularly given the notable marks on the obverse and a whisper of high-point wear.

    Provenance: Walling Collection (Stack's, 3/1996), lot 238. (NGC ID# 22ZT, Variety PCGS# 38584, Base PCGS# 4250)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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