1796/5 V-2, LM-2 Half Dime, MS63
1796/5 H10C MS63 PCGS. V-2, LM-2, R.6. Perusal of the 2012
Guide Book suggests that there are three different die
varieties known for the 1796 half dimes. That reference lists a
1796, 6 over 5, a 1796, and a 1796 LIKERTY. But how can the popular
Red Book list three varieties when the specialized reference works
on early half dimes, the Valentine and Logan-McCloskey works, each
list only two die varieties?
The answer to the variety question involves die states. The Normal Dies coin and the LIKERTY coin are both from the same dies, identified as V-1, LM-1. Early die states of LM-1 have a full LIBERTY inscription on the obverse, while late die states show the broken B that created the LIKERTY variation. Walter Breen wrote in his Complete Encyclopedia that "the 'LIKERTY' is a late, lapped die state; top and base of B gradually weaken, finally vanish."
Unknown to this cataloger is the source of the LIKERTY die state. Valentine made no mention of the die state in his variety reference, and the authors of the LM book, the late Russell Logan and John McCloskey, say nothing at all.
The other die marriage, the variety offered here, is the 1796/5 overdate, or V-2, LM-2. The 5 is clearly visible beneath the 6, making a fascinating overdate variety, since 1795 half dimes were all the Flowing Hair design. We assume that the engraver of this die mistakenly punched a 5 in the die, then realizing his mistake, punched a correct 6 on top. It is a fascinating die variety.
This gorgeous Select Mint State specimen has satiny luster beneath deep and original gold, violet, and blue toning. The obverse has heavy diagonal adjustment marks that weakens the detail on both sides, but the surfaces are virtually pristine. Population: 3 in 63, 2 finer (11/11).(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 22ZY, PCGS# 4255)
Weight: 1.35 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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