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    V-5a 1795 Half-Dime, MS 63, Ex: Eliasberg

    1795 MS 63 PCGS. Ex: Eliasberg. V-5a, High R.3. Weakly defined in the centers with strong peripheral details, especially the obverse stars. The brilliant surfaces are only interrupted by an occasional fleck of grease that was struck into the planchet at the time of manufacture. In fact, one of these grease stains positively identifies this as the Eliasberg V-5a coin: one that extends from the B in LIBERTY down onto the first couple of waves of hair on Liberty's head. There are also a few small specks of grease on Liberty's neck. Essentially free from abrasions, there are no adjustment marks, but several die cracks are noted which are, of course, common to V-5a coins. Undoubtedly from the hoard distributed by W. Elliot Woodward in the early 1880s.
    The text from the Eliasberg catalog relates an interesting observation about this variety that we have not previously noticed: "Inside the upper loop of the 9 are curious raised lines. One line vertically bisects the inside loop with several additional diagonal lines right of this. Dave Bowers examined this and dubbed it the "Star Spangled Banner" variety. These lines do look like a banner waving from a flagpole." For those examining this piece in person, grab a magnifier and with a little imagination it actually does look a flag inside the 9.
    Ex: Eliasberg (B&M, 5/96), lot 891. (NGC ID# 22ZV, PCGS# 4251)

    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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