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: $0.69 (3/26/2017)
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.


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Total Graded: 184
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/19/1999 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1155, 1155/Lot# 1238 $972.00
10/18/2004 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #16, 20/Lot# 101 $6,325.00
2/10/2008 NGC Details F Details  Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1972 $632.50
4/16/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2258 $14,950.00
5/30/2010 PCGS VG 10   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1269 $2,106.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2224 $46,000.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8088 $705.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1259 $4,259.38
6/1/2014 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 198458 $2,389.20
4/22/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3700 $1,645.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1797 H10C MS
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 4435
Owner: BillJones
Grade: VF 35
Points: 3009
Owner: BillJones
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