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    MS62 1803 Large 8 Half Dime
    V-2, LM-3, Deeply Toned

    1803 H10C Large 8 MS62 NGC. V-2, LM-3, R.3. Attribution of 1803 half dimes is easy, with only two dies each known for obverse and reverse. The Large 8 obverse, with 3 rotated clockwise, narrows the choice to LM-2 or LM-3, while the reverse with a leaf joined to the left diagonal of A3 diagnoses the LM-3 pairing. Although this is the most available die marriage of the year, it is still elusive in the higher grades and conditionally rare in Mint State. This piece shows the strike a bit soft in the centers, with surfaces having mottled gray and deep blue toning. A shallow mark in the right obverse field out from stars 12 and 13 prevents an even higher grade. Census for both Large 8 varieties: 5 in 62, 2 finer (2/10).(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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