1797 H10C 13 Stars (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Half Dimes 1796-1805

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS #:
4260
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
16.50 millimeters
Weight:
1.35 grams
Mintage:
44,527
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 40
60 or Better 1
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.7
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 5 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 5
65 or Better 1 / 5
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 12

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
2 Choice Uncirculated estimated grade

British Museum number SSB, 168.77.3

3 AU58 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

4 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU53 estimated grade

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

5 AU53 estimated grade

Heritage 6/2006:913, $40,250

7 AU50 PCGS grade PCGS #4260 (MS)     50
7 AU50 PCGS grade
9 AU50 estimated grade

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

10 XF45 PCGS grade XF45 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#2 Choice Uncirculated estimated grade

British Museum number SSB, 168.77.3

#3 AU58 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#5 AU53 estimated grade

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

#5 AU53 estimated grade

Heritage 6/2006:913, $40,250

PCGS #4260 (MS)     50 #7 AU50 PCGS grade
#7 AU50 PCGS grade
#9 AU50 estimated grade

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

XF45 PCGS grade #10 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.