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    1796 Half Dime, Sharp AU58
    V-1, LM-1 'LIKERTY,' Colorfully Toned

    1796 H10C LIKERTY, V-1, LM-1, R.3, AU58 PCGS. The LM-1 variety is popularly known as the "LIKERTY" obverse with the loops of the B in LIBERTY open at top and bottom, although it is an unreliable pick-up point. Some LM-1 pieces have the B closed or nearly so. Better identifiers include the letters LI in LIBERTY close together and the 1 in the date, which touches the curls. Both of those placements were adjusted on the LM-2 variety to show normal spacing. The 10,230-piece mintage was accomplished with just the two die pairs.

    This LM-1 example is richly toned at the borders with bright-silver central motifs. Shades of forest-green, blue, and autumn-gold retain mint luster at the margins. The devices display a sharp strike with strong definition on Liberty's hair strands, ribbon, and drapery folds, while the eagle's breast feathers are about 60% complete. A few light marks are apparent with a loupe including a pair of shallow, hair-thin lines that intersect at the neck. The eye appeal is excellent. Population (LM-1 variety): 11 in 58, 16 finer (11/16). (NGC ID# 22ZX, Variety PCGS# 38596, Base PCGS# 4254)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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