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    Mint State 1797 Fifteen Star Half Dime

    1797 H10C 15 Stars MS62 NGC. LM-1, V-2, R.3. A totally white coin that shows good luster in the fields and ample eye appeal for this early type. The strike is sharp on the upper curls of Liberty and the right wing of the eagle, but very soft on the lower curls of Liberty and the eagle's body and left wing. The striking quality is very typical of this issue, and few are found with any central definition, particularly on the eagle. Both dies show evidence of clashing, but this is still an early die state with only a trace of the crack from the first E on the reverse to the wreath. In terms of availability, the Draped Bust, Small Eagle design is one of the rarest type issues, and is very difficult to obtain without significant surface problems. Securing a mint state example is quite a challenge for most numismatists. An impressive coin that will satisfy a connoisseur.(#4258) (Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 22ZZ, PCGS# 4258)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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