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1797 DIME -

"13 Stars Obverse"

PCGS No: 4463

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

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).

Recent appearances:
"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 $1,495.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The NGC Census Report, April 2003" by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

"Early United Dimes 1796-1837" by David J. Davis et al.