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    Extremely Scarce 1802 Half Dime

    1802 H10C --Damaged, Bent--ANACS. Fair Details, Net Poor 1. V-1, LM-1, the only known dies, R.5. The 1802 Half Dime is unquestionably one of the first issues that comes to mind when making a list of the rarest silver issues in the 210-year span since their initial production. From an initial mintage of just 3,060 pieces, a figure that could easily have included pieces which were either back-dated or post-dated as was a common practice in the early years of the Mint, most specialists agree that no more than 40 to 50 pieces are extant. The rarity of the 1802 is further emphasized by the fact that deceptive electrotype counterfeits are known. While the irregularly worn example offered here ranks among the worst known survivors, this actually makes it accessible to a larger group of numismatists who would like to include an example of this great rarity in their collection. The planchet of this mostly bright silver-gray representative was severely bent at one time and later straightened. Fortunately, the reverse of the coin is the side that suffered the most, being worn smooth and displaying numerous small digs. Similar light pockmarks are noted on the obverse, but much of the detail was spared, including the final 3 digits of the date. The upper loop of the familiar nearly closed 2 that touches the portrait is unmistakable. (#4268) (NGC ID# 2328, PCGS# 4268)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2004
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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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