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    1795 V-4, LM-10 Half Dime, MS65
    Lustrous, Late Die State Example

    1795 H10C V-4, LM-10, R.3, MS65 PCGS. CAC. Late obverse die state, showing a considerable retained cud at the rim above TY and star 9 to the right. On the LM-10 variety, star 1 is joined to a tip of curl 2 on the obverse, and star 15 solidly connects with the front of the bust. The digit 1 touches curl 1, and the flag of the 5 connects to the underside of the bust. T and Y are close at the top. Stars 1 and 2 in particular, but most of the other left-side stars as well, show evidence of die lapping -- the dies clashed early on this marriage and were subsequently lapped -- and are markedly weaker than the right-side stars. The single outside berry between UN in UNITED is sufficient to attribute the reverse. The reverse die is rotated clockwise about 90 degrees with respect to the obverse die.

    Splendid luster and surfaces that are problem-free are the calling cards of this Gem Flowing Hair half dime, one of the more available die marriages from the two-year type (along with 1794) but quite a conditional rarity in so fine a grade. Glints of gold, aqua, and jade are more prominent at the rims on each side, with coin-gray centers and a bold strike throughout. Bold clash marks are more prominent on the reverse, along with a couple of large die cracks on the left side of the wreath.

    The relative availability of the LM-10 die marriage will make this piece a logical, key acquisition for type collectors. For the 1795 date, PCGS reports 11 examples in MS65, one in MS65+, and 14 submissions (but likely fewer separate coins) finer (9/16). This piece is one of only five in MS65 with the CAC green approval sticker. The aesthetics as well as the technicals should make the bidder cards fly high when this lot is called. (NGC ID# 22ZV, Variety PCGS# 38594, Base PCGS# 4251)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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