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    Very Fine 1797 16 Stars Half Dime

    1797 H10C 16 Stars VF25 PCGS. V-4, LM-2, R.4. Deep forest-green and mauve-lilac patina embraces this attractively detailed Early Half Dime. Only a faint vertical mark on the portrait and a short pinscratch on the reverse near 3 o'clock are worthy of mention. A late die state of this scarce variety, there are prominent clash marks and several slender die cracks through the ED in UNITED. Varieties with 15, 16, and 13 stars were struck with 1797-dated dies; apparently the Mint decided mid-year it was impractical to crowd the obverse with stars to represent each newly admitted state and returned to 13 stars, which represent the original colonies.(#4259) (Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 22ZZ, PCGS# 4259)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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