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    1797 Half Dime, Attractive AU55
    15 Stars, V-2, LM-1

    1797 H10C 15 Stars, V-2, LM-1, R.3, AU55 PCGS. 30th Anniversary Green Label Holder. Three obverses were used for the 1797 half dimes, each with a different number of stars. Obverse 1 has 15 stars arranged 8x7 and must have been produced before Tennessee joined the Union in the summer of 1796. Reverse C is the only die with an outer berry between NI. The V-2, LM-1 die marriage is the usually seen variety for the year. The Logan-McCloskey reference plays up the issue's availability in high grades, writing that it is the "least difficult to obtain in mint state." In reality, comparable Choice AU examples are conditionally rare, and only a handful of finer pieces are known -- possibly 30 Uncirculated coins.

    The eye appeal of this early half dime is superb. The obverse has iridescent gold, violet, and blue patina, while the reverse shows steel-gray motifs against gunmetal fields, establishing a circulated cameo effect. The strike is exceedingly bold everywhere except the eagle's breast, as usual. Smooth with few overt distractions. Population: 16 in 55, 28 finer (6/17). (NGC ID# 22ZZ, Variety PCGS# 38597, Base PCGS# 4258)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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