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    1805 V-1, LM-1 Half Dime, AU58
    Tied for Finest at PCGS

    1805 H10C V-1, LM-1, R.4, AU58 PCGS. CAC. Ivory and cream-white centers are decorated in aqua shades on portions of the obverse rim. On the reverse the patina cedes to areas of gold, blue, and deep violet on the lower half. A few trivial abrasions are scattered around, none distracting, and the strike is adequate overall but weak on the right shield border and portions of the right wing, along with the nearby stars and clouds.

    Variety: V-1, LM-1, R.4, the sole die marriage known for the year's reported mintage of 15,600 coins. The 8 is small, 05 are close, and a leaf touches the left diagonal of A3.

    Population Data (3/15): This AU58 example is tied for the finest at PCGS with three other submissions. NGC reports two AU58 and one MS65 finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Silver half dimes and gold quarter eagles were the red-headed stepchildren of early American numismatics, infrequently coined and largely unwanted. The 1805 half dimes would be the last struck of the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle design and the last half dimes struck of any design until 1829. The 1805 half dimes are seldom encountered in any grade remotely close to this near-Mint State example.

    Provenance: Purchased from Joseph O'Connor (8/2004). (NGC ID# 232A, Variety PCGS# 38611, Base PCGS# 4272)

    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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