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    1802 Half Dime
    An Infrequently Seen Rarity
    V-1, LM-1, Well-Defined Obverse

    1802 H10C V-1, LM-1, R.5 -- Damaged -- PCGS Genuine. The only die pair. The PCGS number ending in .98 suggests Damage as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of a Good specimen that has been damaged.

    The 1802 half dime is one of the rarest coins of the American silver series. Numismatist David Davis cites 167 auction appearances between 1859 and 1988. It is generally thought that about 40 to 60 or so distinct examples are extant from a reported mintage of 3,060 pieces, none of which are known in mint condition. A definitive census of this important issue has not yet been compiled.

    For a lower-grade coin, this piece has remarkably strong date digits and letters in LIBERTY. The stars along the right border are stronger than on the left, a characteristic of all known 1802 half dimes. Yet all left-border stars except star 3 show clearly, an unusual trait for a lower-grade piece. Liberty's eye, eye brow, and portions of the ear are also clearly visible and the right border displays strong dentils. Indeed, the obverse may well claim VG detail. The reverse shows more strike weakness (typical of all known 1802 half dimes) and wear than the obverse. The letters TATES OF AM show clearly but the remaining ones in the legend are weak or worn smooth. Most of the shield lines are separated and a modicum of detail is seen on the wing and tail feathers. Both sides are bright from cleaning though some darker gray patina is evident, especially at the margins. Each side reveals shallow scratches along with tooling to smooth over damaged areas. We hasten to mention that flaws such as these occur on the majority of extant 1802 half dimes. In any event, this is an infrequent opportunity to obtain this classic rarity.
    From The George S. Edwards Collection. (NGC ID# 2328, Variety PCGS# 38607, Base 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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