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    1797 Half Dime, MS62
    V-2, LM-1, 15 Stars Obverse

    1797 H10C 15 Stars, V-2, LM-1, R.3, MS62 NGC. Half dimes dated 1797 come with either 13, 15, or 16 obverse stars. Most specialists consider the LM-1 15 Stars coins the first 1797 half dimes minted -- from an obverse die that was actually created the previous year, prior to Tennessee's statehood in June 1796. Next in line were the 16 Stars coins (LM-2 and LM-3), from an obverse that was most likely engraved in 1797, and theoretically the 13 Stars (LM-4) pieces were coined last.

    This is a pleasing Mint State example with 15 Stars. As usually seen, it is a bit soft in the centers, with heavy reverse clash marks. The obverse was lapped, with the resultant spindly stars and a free-floating top curl above Liberty's head, beneath E of LIBERTY. A series of light adjustment marks are noted in the top obverse dentils, but they do not extend beyond that scope. Reverse die clashing is most prominent surrounding the left (facing ) wing. Satiny, attractively toned surfaces are lustrous and sharp beyond the centers, complemented by peripheral gold and blue toning that frames both sides. Census (all varieties): 12 in 62, 23 finer (8/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 22ZZ, Variety PCGS# 38597, Base PCGS# 4258)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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