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    Toned Mint State 1796 LIKERTY Half Dime

    1796 H10C MS62 NGC. V-1, LM-1, R.3. This is the LIKERTY variety with the weak loops on the B which give the appearance of an erroneous K in that word. Reasonably sharp for this issue, with strong curls on Liberty's head and most of the eagle's breast feathers present. Medium to dark gray for the base of color with irregular russet-gold and blue splashes on both sides. A loupe will find some scattered abrasions in the fields and crossing Liberty, but they are not too distracting. For the collector who desires a single example of the Draped Bust, Small Eagle type the present coin is the perfect selection. The reason for this is the 1797 issues are always weakly struck on the eagle and often poorly defined on Liberty's curls. While the 1797 varieties tend to be more available in high grade, they lack the solid striking characteristics seen here. This example is an early die state with minimal signs of the later well developed die cracks. No adjustment marks are apparent and the surfaces are clean. For identification purposes there is a minor scratch to the rim above ME of AMERICA. A decidedly scarce coin in any mint state grade, and worth a strong bid.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 22ZX, PCGS# 4254)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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