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    1796/5 Half Dime, MS63
    Rare V-2, LM-2 Die Marriage
    Outstanding Original Color

    1796/5 H10C V-2, LM-2, R.6, MS63 PCGS. Remnants of a 5 beneath the 6 in the date identify LM-2. This is the rarer of the two 1796 half dime varieties. The 1796 as a date is seldom seen in high grade, and the overdate variety is rare across the spectrum. PCGS has slabbed only 23 examples in all grades, 11 of which are designated Mint State. The R.6 rarity rating in Logan-McCloskey seems slightly high according to modern certification numbers, but the fact that this die variety is universally rare remains unchallenged.

    The present Select Mint State example is softly struck on the central portrait and the eagle, but the eye appeal is nonetheless pleasing. The stars, dentils, and wreath are sharp, and the surfaces display satiny luster. Original lavender-gray, gold, and sea-green hues appear concentrically over each side. The reverse fields have a hint of reflectivity. Population: 3 in 63, 2 finer (6/16). (NGC ID# 22ZY, Variety PCGS# 38595, Base PCGS# 4255)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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