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: $0.58 (6/18/2019)
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: 4/15/2019

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1797 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1690 2500 3875 5750 8125 9000 9375 12200 14500 16900 17500 18200 23000 35500 72500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 188
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: 6/18/2019 1797 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base149213714101181420-41271033----188
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Total149213714111181420-41271033----189
 1 %2 %5 %11 %20 %7 %6 %6 %4 %7 %11 %-2 %6 %4 %5 %2 %2 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/18/2004 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #16, 20/Lot# 101 $6,325.00
2/5/2006 NGC XF 40   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 638 $7,188.00
7/31/2009 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 391 $4,600.00
12/6/2009 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 2780, 2780/Lot# 1415 $1,610.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1270 $1,638.00
12/2/2010 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3382 $3,220.00
6/1/2014 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 198458 $2,389.20
11/6/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 22144 $8,225.00
4/27/2016 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1234/Lot# 3174 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1797 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1166145016092009267136753919414144854694498151585367556357477651103721382018192243993333546374
126015031742222930053756399342554554478950405227543256246381855811521152772026127377376810
00000039934255455447895040522754325624638185581152115277202612737700
00000040674370462448855099529754975685701694651267016734223303035600
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 4435
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 3009
Owner: BillJones
 
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