I never thought about limiting the number of stars on our coins
What a beautiful coin
Found on the NNP
Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers
Offered is a very desirable example of this interesting variety with 16 obverse stars. The thought at the time was to add one star each time a state joined the Union. There were 13 original states, to which Vermont, the 14th, was added in 1791, but no recognition on the stars when the Philadelphia Mint began coining silver (with stars in the design) in 1794. However, in 1795 when Kentucky joined as the 15th state, coins with 15 stars were made. Then with Tennessee in 1796, 16 stars were used, as here. Enough is enough, must have been thought, or there would be no room on the coins, so after 1796 the style reverted to 13 stars. Half dimes of 1797 occur in different star counts, creating one of the most interesting years in silver coinage. The present piece, with its attractive toning, is bound to attract a lot of attention as it crosses the block on Rarities Night.
From the Richard C. Jewell Collection. Earlier from Stack's Nor-
web Collection sale, November 2006, lot 3.
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