1800 H10C MS (PCGS# 4264)
Lot Number: 7254
1800 Draped Bust Half Dime. V-1, LM-1. Rarity-3. MS-63 (PCGS). A delightful mint state example with soft silver gray surfaces exhibiting considerable luster. The eye appeal is nicer than many mint state examples seen, as these are often deeply toned. Here, the light surfaces allow the luster to show through fully. The strike is quite nice for the issue and far superior, for example, to the plate coin in the Logan-McCloskey reference. While there is just a trace of central softness, the major design elements are well defined and more than half of the obverse stars show their centers. A couple of minor abrasions are noted as one should expect for the grade, but the placement of these is fortuitous and there are no adjustment marks or other mint-made imperfections that are sometimes seen. A lovely little half dime from the final year of the 18th century that would fit nicely in a high grade type set.