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    1802 V-1, LM-1 Half Dime, Good 6
    Only 50 to 60 Survive

    1802 H10C Good 6 PCGS. V-1, LM-1, R.5. The 1802 half dime is an absolute rarity with only about 50 to 60 examples known in all grades, and it ranks among the all-time great regular issue rarities from the Philadelphia Mint. According to Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth, it is the 62nd greatest U.S. coin. It is also one of only three U.S. half dimes listed in 100 Greatest U.S. Coins. The others are the 1792 half disme, and the unique 1870-S. Garrett and Guth write:

    "The story of the 1802 half dime is the classic story of attrition. Here's a coin that started out with a very low mintage [3,060], most of which was decimated over time as coins were lost or destroyed through various silver melts."


    The present offering is an important opportunity for the specialist, as many of the greatest half dime collections lack or lacked an example of this issue. This delightful example has deep pewter-gray surfaces with only a few minor surface marks that are expected for a lower grade coin. All of the major design elements are present, including about 75% of the obverse border and half of the reverse border.(Registry values: P10) (NGC ID# 2328, PCGS# 4268)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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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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