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    1794 H10C MS 65 NGC. V-3a, LM-3, R.4. First produced in 1794, Robert Scot's Flowing Hair half dime copied his design of the similarly dated half dollar and silver dollar. This began the trend of uniformity among the silver denominations that would continue through the half dime's demise in 1873. The four 1794-dated obverse dies were actually pressed into service starting in early 1795. On March 30, 7,756 half dimes were delivered, most of which were probably dated 1794. A further 78,660 pieces were produced before the end of 1795 for a total production of 86,416 half dimes. It is generally believed that 10 times as many 1795 examples were coined as 1794s, an estimate that is upheld by the ratio of surviving circulated examples.
    Many of the extant Mint State 1794 half dimes are poorly preserved examples from the Wadsworth-Rea hoard. A far superior representative, this Gem was probably set aside as a first-year souvenir at the time of issue. Competing swirls of cobalt-charcoal, champagne-gray, and apricot iridescence envelop both sides. There are no distracting post-production abrasions, but myriad die cracks suggest that this coin was struck from a shattered reverse die. The surfaces are, nonetheless, expertly centered and every last feature is uncommonly well defined for a product of the early Mint. Type collectors who demand the utmost in rarity and technical quality for their collections should carefully consider this lovely specimen. Population: 2 in 65, with a lone MS 66 example finer. (NGC ID# 22ZT, PCGS# 4250)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    Numismatic Background and Census of 1802 Half Dimes: A Classic American Rarity
    This 64-page book cites mintage and rarity estimates by prominent numismatists and documents the currently known 1802 half dime appearances. Each of the 32 documented examples includes an enlarged obverse/reverse photograph, the author's assigned grade, the provenance of each coin, auction prices realized or dealer fixed asking price, and a unique serial number for each specimen that will facilitate retrieval for research, cataloging, or price-information purposes. Reserve your copy of this remarkable volume for just $29.95 today.
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