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    1797 16 Stars Half Dime, MS66
    One of the Finest V-4, LM-2 Examples Known

    1797 H10C 16 Stars, V-4, LM-2, R.4, MS66 PCGS Secure. The 16 Stars was the second of three types to be produced in 1797; after the 15 Stars and prior to the 13 Stars variant. Of the two 16 Stars varieties, this one features two inner berries and one outer berry on the reverse, with the outer berry located below and between NI in UNITED. The other 16 Stars variety, LM-3, shows one inner berry and two outer berries on the differing reverse die. One of those outer berries is below I in UNITED; the other is beneath the second D in UNITED.

    Logan and McCloskey call this a scarce die marriage that is difficult to locate in Mint State. Currently, NGC reports that they have graded six examples of this variety in Mint State, including one at MS66. PCGS has seen 16 Uncirculated examples of the 16 Stars type, including two Premium Gems; but those numbers are not broken down to distinguish between the LM-2 and LM-3 varieties.

    This impressive, conditionally rare specimen is sharply struck on the obverse, except for a few of the star centers. A pair of short, thick die cracks extend out from the rim: one to star 8, and another between stars 7 and 8. Faint die rust is evident near and among the date digits, and scattered at random in other areas. Die lines are seen beneath stars 10, 11, and 12; and star 13 is broadly recut. Die clash marks are evident in the right obverse field.

    The reverse is just as fully lustrous as the obverse, but shows deeper patina, especially near the peripheries where shades of deep-purple, golden-brown and yellow-gold are apparent. The astonishingly clean surfaces of this remarkable coin ensure its impressive high grade, which ranks it among the finest-known examples of this date, denomination, and die variety.
    From The Collection of Oliver Jung. (NGC ID# 22ZZ, Variety PCGS# 38598, Base PCGS# 4259)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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