1797 H10C LM-1 15 Stars MS (PCGS# 4258)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 1038
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1797 Draped Bust Half Dime. LM-1. Rarity-3. 15 Stars. AU-55 (PCGS). Medium steel gray with bold luster and with a rich array of lively gold and rose iridescence in the protected areas. Perfection in-hand, and not far off the mark under low magnification. Struck from clashed dies, the evidence plainest on the reverse. From a mintage for the date of 44,527 pieces, a figure that includes the 13 Stars and 16 Stars varieties of the date as well. Choice for the grade both physically and aesthetically, and almost certain to find its way to a world-class cabinet of early U.S. coins.