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    1797 16 Stars Half Dime, MS62
    Rare V-3, LM-3 Marriage

    1797 H10C 16 Stars, V-3, LM-3, R.5, MS62 NGC. 1797 was a transitional year for star counts at the U.S. Mint. The first half dime variety (LM-1) had 15 stars, one for each state as it existed prior to the addition of Tennessee to the Union in 1796. LM-2 and LM-3 show the correct star count of 16. Finally, LM-4 has 13 stars, one for each of the 13 colonies, after the Mint decided that the small obverse of a half dime lacked sufficient room to accommodate an ever-expanding Union. LM-3 is likely rarest among the four varieties, though it commands a lower price than LM-4 since the latter is the sole 13 Star marriage. This LM-3 example is pearl-white with glimpses of charcoal toning. The satiny surfaces are nicely struck and refreshingly unmarked.
    From The GATOR Collection. (NGC ID# 22ZZ, Variety PCGS# 38599, Base PCGS# 4259)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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