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: $0.76 (4/18/2014)
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: 174
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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4/27/2014 XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4039
4/27/2014 VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4040


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1/22/1997 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 0913, 913/Lot# 1213 $517.75
6/6/2005 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #41, 45/Lot# 177 $5,623.50
9/14/2008 NGC VF 35   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 776 $5,175.00
10/27/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 3474 $32,200.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6907 $592.20
9/25/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3497 $1,292.50
11/17/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/17/2013, 101/Lot# 131411 $2,475.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1797 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base820120613631634230230333194334535543685386839844172443149357014105151152912937210022896640668
94812581453185625453086324434143597374639064046425845995628818110853119981562523656328660
00000032443414359737463906404642584599562881811085311998156252365600
00000032943484364138073945410943444767632193481119112467183132631100
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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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