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Classic U.S. Coins > Early Half Dimes (1792-1836) 1802 H10c NGC AU50 (LM-1) ex:Parmalee/Pittman/Price/LM Plate DLRC #: 237933

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This coin is part of the 1802 Rarities Collection. Click here for details.

A monster rarity which speaks volumes on its own. Quite likely one of the finest 3 specimens known of this famous rarity. Over the past decade, the 1802 half dime has abandoned its sleepy status as an overlooked rarity and come into the limelight as one of the most coveted of all U.S. coins in the catalog.

This particular specimen is not only one of the finest known, but also has the distinction of having the richest pedigree of any specimen. For starters, it hails from the famous Pittman Collection. It was later immortalized by Logan and McCloskey as the plate coin for the date in their reference books on Bust half dimes.

All details sharp and present with superb original surfaces and one of the best strikes of any known example. A handful of tiny (very old) pin-pricks are noted on Liberty's bust, one on her chin and one in the field behind her hair -- these also serve to properly identify the pedigree. NGC would likely have given a higher grade if not for these, as well.

Truly a choice coin for the connoisseur of major rarities, and the Bust half dime specialist.

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Coin Specs (Powered by Collectibles Technology Company. Learn more about CTC)

Category: Half Dimes & Dimes
Series: Early Half Dimes (1792-1836)
Type: Draped bust
Years for Type: 1796-1805
Strike: Business
Denomination: Half dime
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,060
Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: 89% silver; 11% copper
Diameter: 16.5mm
Weight: 1.35g / 0.04oz
Edge Type: Reeded

DLRC Auctions · Past Auction Records

Description Lot # / Auction Realized Date
1802 H10c NGC AU50 (LM-1) ex:Parmalee/Pittman/Price/LM Plate 3146: Monday - Internet Auction # 225 Login 3/4/08

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