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    1797 15 Stars Half Dime, MS63
    V-2, LM-1

    1797 H10C 15 Stars, V-2, LM-1, R.3, MS63 NGC. LM-1 is readily identified by its 15-star obverse. This was the first variety coined in 1797, struck with a head die which was likely prepared before Tennessee joined the Union in June 1796. The second obverse prepared for 1797 coinage had 16 stars surrounding Liberty, and the third and final head die shows the number of stars reduced to 13, representing the original 13 colonies, rather than the number of actual states in the Union.

    Of the four die marriages for the 1797 half dime, LM-1 is the most frequently seen in Mint State. The present example is weakly struck on the eagle and the center of the obverse portrait. Such an anomaly is not unusual for the issue, and this piece makes up for it in that the surfaces display near-brilliant, satiny luster and are free of any major abrasions. Evenly struck with virtually complete dentils around each periphery. Census: 6 in 63, 7 finer (8/15). (NGC ID# 22ZZ, Variety PCGS# 38597, Base PCGS# 4258)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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