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    1797 Half Dime, XF40
    Rare V-1, LM-4 Variety
    Exceptional Quality for the Grade

    1797 H10C 13 Stars, V-1, LM-4, R.5, XF40 NGC. Ex: Hilt Collection. LM-4 is arguably the rarest of the four 1797 half dime varieties, rivaled only by the LM-3 die marriage. Moreover, most examples are well-circulated, with significant wear or other impairments. High-grade examples are extremely rare, making this XF representative an important opportunity for the early half dime variety student. The strike is even and boldly executed, and the level of detail over Liberty's hair curls and the eagle's body is unusually high, even for the XF grade level. Pale gunmetal-gray patina blankets the recesses, yielding to lighter tan-gray hues over the relief elements. An exceptional, eye-appealing coin for the grade, with the only discernable imperfection being a tiny rim bump at 1 o'clock on the reverse.

    Early half dimes overall are sometimes encountered, but the rare varieties are seldom seen in any condition. An opportunity such as this LM-4 representative presents should not be allowed to pass by. NGC has attributed only six pieces, including two in Fine, this XF piece, two AU55 coins, and a single AU58 example (10/16).
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2015), lot 4967. (NGC ID# 22ZZ, Variety PCGS# 38600, Base PCGS# 4260)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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