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    1803 Large 8 Half Dime, V-1, LM-2, MS65
    Conditional Rarity, Among the Finest Known

    1803 H10C Large 8, V-1, LM-2, R.4, MS65 PCGS. CAC. The viewer is immediately impressed by the obvious originality and the well-preserved appearance of this rare example. A few tiny marks are seen on Liberty's shoulder and upper chest, but they are insignificant and undistracting. An interesting array of small die lumps appears in the field area immediately right of Liberty's mouth and left of star 10, extending up into the field left and below star 7. A magnifier may be needed in order to see these minuscule, mint-made "lumps," however. A beautiful Gem example, lustrous and sharply struck, with minimal surface flaws and lovely blended patina over each side in hues of rose-gray and aquamarine.

    Variety: V-1, LM-2, R.4. The two known obverse dies are easy to distinguish by their date logotypes: one with a Small 8 and a 3 rotated counterclockwise, another showing a Large 8 with the 3 rotated clockwise. This is an example of one of the two Large 8 varieties.

    Population Data (7/14): Only six Mint State examples have been certified by PCGS, the top two in MS65 with none finer. NGC has seen nine Uncirculated coins, and the highest graded of those is in MS64. Thus, this piece is tied with one other Large 8 example as the finest graded of the type. Unfortunately, the PCGS Large 8 coins are not distinguished between LM-2 and LM-3.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1803 half dime with Heraldic Eagle reverse is quite elusive in Mint State, and a well-struck Gem such as this piece should certainly command premium bids from multiple bidders.

    Provenance: ANA Sale of the Millennium (Bowers and Merena, 8/2000), lot 1004. (NGC ID# 2329, Variety PCGS# 38608, Base PCGS# 4269)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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