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Sunnyvale coin group buys rare `half dime' for $1.5 million


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It turns out a half dime can be worth a pretty penny.


At least when it's a really, really old "half dime" - one that was minted in the late 1700s.


In fact, the Sunnyvale-based Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation shelled out $1.5 million for the coveted coin.


The 215-year-old half dime, known in George Washington's time as a half disme (pronounced DEEM in that founding-of-the-country English spoken at the time of its circulation), is considered to be in near perfect condition, the foundation's director Martin Logies said.



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