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    1795 AU 50 Cleaned. V-8, R.7. A coin that will require hours of contemplation by the specialist. A close examination of the obverse reveals that this early half dime was struck on a planchet suffering from what could only be multiple lamination problems. The appearance is that of an overstrike on a coin that had featured a map of the Philippine Islands. That said, all of the details of an AU remain. The coin is bright at the centers, with light toning on the periphery that will someday further enhance the eye appeal. Perhaps the cleaning was an attempt to remove some of the planchet problems, which due to their numbers might be best described as a lamentation of laminations. (NGC ID# 22ZV, PCGS# 4251)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    January, 1998
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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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