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1815/2 50C XF45 PCGS....

2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 30, 2010
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The Midwest Airlines Center
400 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Description:
Desirable 1815/2 O-101a Half, XF45
1815/2 50C XF45 PCGS. O-101a, R.2. The 1815 half dollar is the key rarity in the Capped Bust series. It is actually an overdate, and one of just three coinage issues struck during the year. The others were the quarter and half eagle. The obverse die makes its debut here, as it was sunk in 1812 but was never used. The reverse die was only used in 1815.
Both dies are heavily clashed and the reverse is cracked as Overton describes for the 101a die state. The clash marks are so heavy that the spaces between vertical stripes seem to have a fabric background. The late state is slightly scarcer than the early state, although the difference is minor.
Bright silver-gray surfaces exhibit a few minor handling marks that are consistent with the grade. Both sides have delicate peripheral iridescence that enhances its eye appeal. This highly desirable piece is in a popular grade with variety specialists, Guide Book collectors, and date set collectors. It should garner considerable bidding interest.
From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24F5, PCGS# 6108)

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