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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

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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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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