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    Finest Known 1800 LIBEKTY Half Dime, Ex: Eliasberg

    1800 MS 63 NGC. LIBEKTY. V-2, Low R.5. Another splendid early half dime from the Eliasberg Collection. Once again, we can do no better than to repeat in part the description from that landmark sale: "...Reflective surfaces. Aesthetically pleasing with light amber and russet at the centers giving way to dark blue-gray around the borders. The reverse is similarly toned although a bit darker overall. A few very minor rim nicks and hairlines are mentioned for accuracy." Irregularly struck with slight weakness on the central hair details. Also, the end of the bust and the upper right reverse, below OF, are weak. All of which is caused by a large die bulge on the reverse. This is apparently the finest known example of this popular variety, as there are no other pieces certified by either service above AU 58.
    Ex: Probably from Thomas Elder, September 1905; J.M. Clapp; Clapp estate, 1942, to Louis Eliasberg, Sr. (NGC ID# 2326, PCGS# 4265)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    January, 1997
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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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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