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    Toned Uncirculated 15 Stars 1797 Half-Dime

    1797 MS 63 NGC. 15 Stars. V-2, R.3. The 15 stars indicate that the die was engraved prior to Tennessee's admission as a state on June 1, 1796, and Breen estimates that only 18,144 pieces were made from this obverse. This is an early striking as evidenced by the lack of die cracks which are seen on later die states. Softly struck on the highpoints of the design, the surfaces are lightly abraded with the only mentionable marks being one long planchet lamination and several much shorter ones behind and below Liberty's ear. Deeply toned over both sides. Population: 6 in 63, only 3 finer (4/97). (NGC ID# 22ZZ, PCGS# 4258)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    June, 1997
    5th-6th Thursday-Friday
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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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