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    1796/5 Half Dime, Colorful AU58
    V-2, LM-2 Variety, Very Rare

    1796/5 H10C V-2, LM-2, R.6, AU58 PCGS. Gorgeous patina in shades of golden and aqua decorates each side of this lightly circulated early half dime, an example of the very rare LM-2 die variety. This is by leaps and bounds the more elusive variety of the two known for the year. A couple of dark areas show, one at Liberty's upper hair and another above TE in STATES, and a few scattered marks are to be expected. Plenty of eye appeal remains, however.

    Variety: V-2, LM-2, R.6. The remains of the underdigit 5 are visible beneath the 6, and on the reverse an outer wreath berry is between NI. Die State: Only light, wispy die cracks appear on the obverse but a heavy one on the reverse runs from T3 to a leaf to the eagle's neck.

    Population Data (3/15): This AU58 PCGS piece is one of two so graded at that service. PCGS reports 10 Mint State submissions finer, the finest a sole MS66. NGC shows one AU58 and 10 Mint State examples.

    Heritage Commentary: The year 1796 marked the first year of the Draped Bust, Small Eagle design, which superseded the Flowing Hair, Small Eagle half dimes of 1794 and 1795. This 1796/5 would make a marvelous type coin.

    Provenance: Unnamed auction (1/1997), lot 490. (NGC ID# 22ZY, Variety PCGS# 38595, Base PCGS# 4255)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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