1797 H10C 16 Stars MS (PCGS# 4259)
The June 2010 Baltimore Auction
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1719
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1797 Draped Bust Half Dime. LM-2, V-4. Rarity-4. 16 Stars. MS-64 (NGC). CAC. Soft, satiny luster flows over both sides and mingles with light, mostly golden-silver patina. Bolder rose-orange highlights are also evident on both sides, especially at the borders. Well struck in all areas save for the centers, a pair of small indentations in the center of the obverse also explain the near-Gem rating from NGC. Bold clashmarks (as struck) in the right-obverse field are from the right-hand portion of the wreath in the reverse design. Second most common among the four die marriages of the 1797 Draped Bust Half Dime, LM-2 is nonetheless very scarce-to-rare in all Mint State grades.