Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 44,527
Catalog: KM-23
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.3500g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.75 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1797 H10C MS obverse 1797 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The half dimes dated 1797 are known with either 15 stars, 16 stars or 13 stars. The dies were prepared in that order, though it's not certain that all 1797-dated half dimes were struck in that year. The first two dies represented the number of states when they were prepared in 1796, with the final numeral omitted until needed. When it became obvious that adding a star for each new state was creating clutter, the decision was made to henceforth recognize only the original 13 states on our coins.

These three obverse dies were paired with three reverses for a total of four die marriages. LM-1 and LM-2 (photos) are the ones more often seen, while LM-3 and LM-4 are rare.

These coins are frequently plagued with poor strikes, adjustment lines from the planchet preparation process or, as in this instance, die-clash impressions. Mint State examples of any variety are highly prized by both type collectors and half dime specialists.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 176
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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9/6/2014 VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3080


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4/19/1999 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1155, 1155/Lot# 1238 $972.00
2/14/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 11 $38,812.50
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1270 $1,638.00
3/17/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3302 $747.50
1/29/2012 PCGS   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2410 $2,875.00
5/12/2013 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 584 $19,250.00
8/30/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3064 $3,936.25
11/17/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/17/2013, 101/Lot# 131411 $2,475.00
6/4/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3516 $910.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1797 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1166145016092009267136753919414144854694498151585367556357477651103721382018192243993333546374
126015031742222930053756399342554554478950405227543256246381855811521152772026127377376810
00000039934255455447895040522754325624638185581152115277202612737700
00000040674370462448855099529754975685701694651267016734223303035600
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 4935
Owner: The Artist's Collection
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 4435
Owner: BillJones
 
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