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    Prooflike, Near-Gem 1795 V-4 Half Dime

    1795 MS 64 PCGS. V-4, R.4. Astonishing quality for an early mint product and in condition that is virtually unheard of in this or any other denomination. Obviously from the Wadsworth-Rea hoard which was dispersed in the early 1880s, the V-4 variety was one that was found in ample numbers in the hoard. The quality of this piece is outstanding, head and shoulders above most of the other hoard coins. This is an early die state with the die crack through TY just barely visible. The striking definition on the obverse is exceptionally strong with slight softness noted on the eagle's breast and wings, as often seen. The fields are bright and prooflike on both sides, which is not uncommon for V-4 half dimes from this year. But the deep layerings of patina have little effect on the flash from the polished fields. An extraordinary early type coin that was probably struck soon after the presentation pieces were produced from this die pairing. (NGC ID# 22ZV, PCGS# 4251)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    March, 1996
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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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