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    1800 V-1b, LM-1 Half Dime, MS65
    Stunning, Fully Struck Example
    First Year of Heraldic Eagle Reverse

    1800 H10C V-1b, LM-1, R.3, MS65 NGC. This is a beautiful Gem example with full satin luster and astonishingly sharp strike definition noted on both sides. Other than a few star radials, almost every design element is struck with remarkably full delineation of even the tiniest detail. Lovely russet, lilac, and electric-blue patina, partially covering each side in a variegated display, further increase the sense of originality and the stunning visual appeal of this great early half dime. Both sides of the coin reveal expert preservation and clean, undisturbed surfaces.

    Variety: V-1b, LM-1, R.3. This is the die marriage most often seen of the four 1800 half dime varieties. Two of those four (LM-3 and LM-4)are "LIBEKTY" types, with the R in LIBERTY broken at the top and resembling a letter K. Die State: This is a later die state for LM-1 (V-1b), with a cudlike die break observed directly below the date and into the rim.

    Population Data (7/14): Not counting the LIBEKTY varieties (LM-3 and LM-4), PCGS has graded four examples of LM-1 and LM-2 at MS65, with two coins graded finer at MS66 and MS68, respectively. NGC has seen six MS65 examples, three MS66, one MS67, and one MS68. Of those pieces specifically identified by die variety at NGC, one LM-3 is rated at MS65, and two more of the same variety are graded MS66. The other coins at NGC graded MS65 or finer are not listed by LM or Valentine variety.

    Heritage Commentary: The new Heraldic Eagle reverse design was first employed on other denominations in 1798 but did not appear on the half dimes until 1800, as no half dimes were produced in 1798 or 1799.

    Provenance: Portland, Oregon Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 3/1998), lot 87. (NGC ID# 2326, Variety PCGS# 38601, Base PCGS# 4264)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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    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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