Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 44,527
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.3500g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.93 (12/3/2020)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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 (photos) and LM-2 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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/9/2019

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1797 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 3875 - 8125 - 9375 - - - - - - 35500 72500 - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 191
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1797 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base149223815111181320-41271033----191
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Total149223815111181320-41271033----191
 1%2%5%12%20%8%6%6%4%7%10%-2%6%4%5%2%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1797 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1166145016092009267136753919414144854694498151585367556357477651103721382018192243993333546374
1260150317422229300537563993425545544789504052275432562463818558115211527720261273773768148693
00000039934255455447895040522754325624638185581152115277202612737700
00000040674370462448855099529754975685701694651267016734223303035600
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 4435
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 3009
Owner: BillJones
 
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