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    1797 13 Stars Half Dime, V-1, LM-4, R.6, AU55
    Rarest 1797 Subtype, Mid-Condition Census

    1797 H10C 13 Stars AU55 NGC. V-1, LM-4, R.6. This Choice AU NGC-certified coin is a marvelously high-grade example of this very rare 1797 13 Stars half dime, an issue usually seen in quite low circulated grades. The surfaces show only light wear throughout both sides, the obverse pinkish-silver and well-detailed overall, despite softness on a few of the dentils at the rim. The reverse is a bit lighter in color, pearl-gray with pale pinkish, blue, and gold highlights. An extremely attractive example of this rarity.

    V-1, LM-4, R.6. The rarest variety of 1797 half dimes, usually in lower grades and extremely rare in Mint State.

    Population Data (4/14):
    NGC shows two submissions each in AU55 and AU58 with none finer. The finest at PCGS are one each in AU55, AU58, and MS63.

    Heritage Commentary:
    All three major 1797 half dime varieties -- 13 Stars, 15 Stars, and 16 Stars -- are Guide Book-listed varieties. This Choice AU 1797 13 Stars half dime is the rarest die marriage of the 1797 half dimes, the last that would be struck in the 19th century. The next examples of the denomination would be struck in (or least dated) 1800. The admission of Tennessee to the Union as the 16th state in June 1796 resulted in 16 Stars dies being made for various denominations and years, but Mint officials soon reverted to the original 13 Stars format with scattered exceptions. This piece certainly seems to occupy a middle ranking in the Condition Census, and as such poses a remarkable opportunity for early silver specialists and type collectors.

    David Lawrence (8/2002).(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 22ZZ, PCGS# 4260)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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    June, 2014
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    Numismatic Background and Census of 1802 Half Dimes: A Classic American Rarity
    This 64-page book cites mintage and rarity estimates by prominent numismatists and documents the currently known 1802 half dime appearances. Each of the 32 documented examples includes an enlarged obverse/reverse photograph, the author's assigned grade, the provenance of each coin, auction prices realized or dealer fixed asking price, and a unique serial number for each specimen that will facilitate retrieval for research, cataloging, or price-information purposes. Reserve your copy of this remarkable volume for just $29.95 today.
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