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    1800 Draped Bust Half Dime, AU58
    Popular LIBEKTY Variety, V-2, LM-3

    1800 H10C LIBEKTY, V-2, LM-3, R.4, AU58 PCGS. This attractive near-Mint specimen offers sharply detailed central design elements with just a trace of wear on the highpoints. Fine definition is evident on Liberty's hair and the eagle's feathers. The surfaces retain much of their original mint luster, under vivid shades of champagne-gold, lavender, and gray toning. A few scattered minor abrasions do little to detract from the terrific eye appeal.

    Variety: V-2, LM-3. The R in LIBERTY is broken at the top, making the letter resemble a K, and the top three arrows on the reverse are of unequal height. The obverse die is in an early state, before the small crack to the left of the date develops into the cud seen on later die states. The reverse shows the die damage that develops on the BUS area of the scroll and the spidery bisecting die crack from M in AMERICA to I in UNITED.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS has graded five coins of the LIBEKTY variety in AU58, with one in AU58+ and 14 finer. NGC has certified 22 examples in AU58 and 49 finer. There are also two MS63 Prooflike specimens at NGC.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1800 Draped Bust half dime claims a mintage of 40,000 pieces, with four die varieties known for the date. This coin represents the famous LM-3 variety, with the defective R in LIBERTY. The LM-3 is a moderately scarce variety, but both the LM-2 and LM-4 varieties are more elusive. The LM-3 has always been popular with collectors because of its distinctive appearance.

    Provenance: Metropolitan New York Convention Sale (Stack's, 4/1975), lot 47; David Queller Collection (Stack's, 3/1997), lot 349. (NGC ID# 2326, Variety PCGS# 38603, Base PCGS# 4265)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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