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    Rare 1797 16 Stars Half Dime in MS 64

    1797 16 Stars MS 64 NGC. V-4, R.4. Quite elusive in such a lofty condition, in recent years only the Dawson coin and Eliasberg specimen (a gem) come to mind as rivaling this outstanding 1797 16 Stars half dime. This wholly original example toned in gunmetal-blue and russet hues, the former color only prevalent in the areas on and about the portrait. The centers of each side are weakly defined, confined to Liberty's middle curls on the obverse and encompassing most of the eagle on the reverse. Clash marks are most recognizable in the right obverse field and the die crack through the E in UNITED is indicative of a later die state. Population (for all star variations); 4 in 64, 1 finer (10/98). (NGC ID# 22ZZ, PCGS# 4259)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    January, 1999
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    Numismatic Background and Census of 1802 Half Dimes: A Classic American Rarity
    This 64-page book cites mintage and rarity estimates by prominent numismatists and documents the currently known 1802 half dime appearances. Each of the 32 documented examples includes an enlarged obverse/reverse photograph, the author's assigned grade, the provenance of each coin, auction prices realized or dealer fixed asking price, and a unique serial number for each specimen that will facilitate retrieval for research, cataloging, or price-information purposes. Reserve your copy of this remarkable volume for just $29.95 today.
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