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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dimes 1796-1805
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1801 H10C LM-1 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS G4
PCGS #:
38605
Diameter:
16.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
1.35 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
27,760
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$1,093 • NGC VF Details • 2-3-2011 • Heritage
 
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Ron Guth: The 1801 LM-1 Half Dime is one of the rarest die varieties in the series.  In fact, the variety was unknown until 1986, when Dr. Eric Gutscher purchased the first known example as a mis-attributed V-2 (known today as LM-2) in a 1986 Stack's auction.  Today, only six examples have been confirmed, most of which are in poor condition or damaged.  Dr. Gutcher's coin was sold in 2015 as a VF with environmental damage.  No better examples are known.