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1797 HALF DIME -
VALENTINE
2

PCGS No:
4258

Rarity: Scarce

Notes:
This was the only use of the obverse die.

The finest "15 Stars" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

Images courtesy of R.M. Smythe

Significant examples:
"Gem Uncirculated".  Ex - Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "Menjou" collection, June 15, 1950, Lot 91, not illustrated, sold for $47.50 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "John Jay Pittman Collection - Part One", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 426, illustrated, "...15 Stars, V-2".

Recent appearances:
MS-60 (illustrated below).  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 163, sold for $5,175.00

ANACS AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2315, sold for $7,475.00 

PCGS AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - R.M. Smythe "Nebraska Part IV", November 17, 2000, Lot 1123

EF-45 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira S. Reed, May, 1944, sold for $23.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 337, illustrated, sold for $4,255.00


Sources and/or recommended reading:

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837" by Russell J. Logan and John W. McCloskey

Obverse of 1797 Half Dime - Valentine 2     Reverse of 1797 Half Dime - Valentine 2

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Obverse of 1797 Half Dime - Valentine 2     Reverse of 1797 Half Dime - Valentine 2

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.