1801 Draped Bust Silver Half Dime -VG/Fine - Nice Example! Very Rare Low-Mintage Date & Type! From an old dansco collection of a complete set. Nicer Example of the Date, lots of Detail left.
Half dimes of this era are scarce, with 1802 being a prime rarity. Most surviving examples of various 1800-1805 dates are seen in lower ranges of condition, from About Good to Very Good or so. Fine specimens are not easy to locate, Very Fine pieces are still more elusive, and Extremely Fine coins are rare. Strictly Uncirculated pieces are extremely rare. Those that do come on the market are apt to be dated 1800. Uncirculated specimens dated 1801, 1802, 1803 and 1805 are exceedingly rare or non-existent. (No pieces were coined in 1804.)
Nearly all known specimens exhibit a degree of light striking in one area or another, particularly on the high points of Liberty’s hair, among the obverse stars, and on the reverse among the stars above the eagle. Such striking characteristics are to be expected, and a numismatist seeking a perfectly struck, extremely sharp example in a high grade is apt to never encounter such a coin.