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    Borderline Uncirculated 1797 16 Stars Half Dime

    1797 H10C 16 Stars AU58 ANACS. V-3, LM-3, R.5. Milky apricot and lilac colors embrace this richly defined Draped Bust, Small Eagle Half Dime. Nearly all of the breast feathers are present, and on the obverse, rub is generally limited to Liberty's shoulder. The 15 Stars variety (Valentine-2) is the usually encountered 1797 marriage, and V-3 is the rarest among the two 16 Stars die pairings. The admission of Tennessee to the union increased the number of obverse stars. Since any additional states threatened to crowd the obverse, mint policy was modified for the final variety of the year (V-1) to revert to 13 stars, which represent the original colonies.
    From The Willamette Collection. (#4259) (Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 22ZZ, PCGS# 4259)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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