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: $0.80 (7/28/2014)
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: 175
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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6/6/2005 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #41, 45/Lot# 177 $5,623.50
1/9/2008 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 860 $6,325.00
9/14/2008 NGC VF 35   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 776 $5,175.00
12/6/2009 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 2780, 2780/Lot# 1415 $1,610.00
5/30/2010 PCGS VG 10   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1269 $2,106.00
8/2/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(1), 1173/Lot# 3124 $1,880.00
7/27/2013 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1691 $3,760.00
9/25/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6300 $5,875.00
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
12/29/2013 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 131410 $825.00


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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