Images courtesy of Heritage
The 1797 "13 Stars" Dime is a very elusive variety, approximately ten
times as rare as the "16 Stars" variety from this year. Most
examples are in circulated condition, generally Extremely Fine or
worse. Mint State examples are extreme rarities. PCGS
has graded 5 examples of this variety, including 1 Mint State
example, a single MS-64. NGC has graded only 1 example of this
variety, a single EF-45 (although it should be noted that NGC has
also graded 37 1797 Dimes without variety designations, some of
which may be of the "13 Stars" variety).
"VG-8, cleaned" (illustrated
above). Ex - Heritage Numismatic
Auctions, Inc.'s "2000 Santa Clara" Sale, November 16-17,
2000, Lot 5221, not illustrated, where it was described (in part) as follows: "JR-2,
R.4. The surfaces are richly toned in charcoal color, but there are
sufficient glossy undertones to betray an old cleaning.
Nevertheless, with well centered, nicely defined features, this coin
should fit nicely into a circulated type set.", sold for
"The PCGS Population Report,
April 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
"The NGC Census Report,
April 2003" by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
Dimes 1796-1837" by David J. Davis et al.