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    Richly Toned Large 8 1803 Half Dime
    Near-Mint Example of V-2, LM-3

    1803 H10C Large 8 AU58 PCGS. CAC. V-2, LM-3, R.3. The most accessible of three die pairs for the 1803 half dime, though still scarce regardless of grade. The Large 8 obverse and contact between a leaf and the second A in AMERICA on the reverse are diagnostic for the variety.

    Demand for half dimes, the smallest silver denomination authorized by the Mint Act of 1792, was low and irregular; after 1803, production skipped a year until 1805 and then halted until 1829. This lightly rubbed example has come through more than two centuries with few troubles of any significance. Blue peripheral toning yields to light gray and peach shadings through still-lustrous interiors. For the Large 8 varieties combined, Population: 6 in 58, 6 finer (1/13).(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 2329, PCGS# 4269)

    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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