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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dimes 1796-1805
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1797 H10C 13 Stars (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU50
PCGS #:
4260
Diameter:
16.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
1.35 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
44,527
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • PCGS AU55 • 1-1-2009 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 40 R-8.7 1 / 5 TIE 3 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 5 1 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 5 1 / 12
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 AU55 PCGS grade  
4 AU53 estimated grade  

Price Collection - American Numismatic Rarities "Classics Sale" 3/2004:475, $29,900

4 AU53 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

3 AU55 PCGS grade  
4 AU53 estimated grade  

Price Collection - American Numismatic Rarities "Classics Sale" 3/2004:475, $29,900

4 AU53 estimated grade  
6 AU50 PCGS grade
6 AU50 PCGS grade  
6 AU50 estimated grade  

David Lawrence, sold privately in 8/2002 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30179

9 XF45 PCGS grade
9 XF45 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Only one die variety (LM-4) comprises the entire mintage of the 1797 13 Stars Half Dime.  This is a tough variety in any grade, but a sufficient number of high grade circulated examples bring the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census up to the AU level.  At the top end is a single PCGS MS63 -- the only Mint State example known, and the finest by a full five points.  Saul Teichman reports a possible second Mint State example in the British Museum, though the exact condition has not been ascertained.

The strike quality of this variety is usually consistent and even on both sides, indicating the die faces remained paralle to each other.  However, some examples show a weak strike on the highest points.


Jaime Hernandez: The Half Dime with small eagle design was only used in 1796 and 1797. Within those two years they used 6 different die pairings. The 1797 with 13 Stars variety is the second scarcest coin within these two years. Only the 1796/5 is scarcer due to its very low mintage.

Possibly less than 50 examples of the 1797 Half Dime with 13 Stars survive that would merit a grade, as all other surviving coins have been heavily damaged and cleaned.