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    R.6 1795 V-3, LM-4 Half Dime, MS61
    Ex: Newlin, Price

    1795 H10C MS61 NGC. V-3, LM-4, R.6. Ex: Ed Price. The Logan-McCloskey plate coin. Liberty has six hair curls at the back of her head, and star 15 is close to the dentils. On the reverse, there are two inner berries and one outer berry under the left (facing) wing. The Logan-McCloskey reference notes that this variety is difficult to obtain in any grade, and it is quite rare in Mint State.
    This is a wonderful coin (which we feel is fully Mint State) that Ed Price bought out of a 1979 Bowers and Ruddy auction, where the cataloger described it as:

    "1795 V-3. About Uncirculated-50, with original mint brilliance dulling slightly to gray in some areas. A splendid coin which has never been cleaned, dipped, or otherwise treated. The obverse portrait has a bold cameo-like appearance. Small eagle on reverse. A prize piece.
    "From Harold P. Newlin's personal collection, Originally described in the Newlin Collection catalog as: 'A rare variety and in beautiful Uncirculated condition.' "

    Newlin was, of course, an early, seminal researcher of half dimes, whose collection was sold in the 1880s. We would add that the piece shows full original luster on the high points, with glints of jade and pink in the central obverse and lower reverse along with small flatly struck areas in the center of each side. A couple of stray contact marks on Liberty's neck and in the right obverse field account for the grade. Nonetheless, as a rare early half dime variety with such a splendid pedigree, this is a coin that series specialists should pounce on gleefully when it comes to the auction podium.
    Ex: Harold P. Newlin Collection (Bangs & Co., 4/1883); later, Bowers and Ruddy (11/1979), lot 227; Ed Price.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 22ZV, PCGS# 4251)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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