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Description1808 50C AU53 PCGS. O-102a, R.2. Obverse 2 has the date widely spaced with 08 closer than 180. Reverse B has a bold oval center dot near the junction of the left wing and the shield. Reverse F of O-106 has a smaller round center dot in the same position. Overton's split left talon also appears on Reverse C, so is an unreliable diagnostic. In practice, the State a die cracks are used to identify O-102.
The usual late die state with obverse and reverse die cracks. The obverse has a crack from the border to outer left curve of the 0, continuing into the hair curls and terminating in a large triangular die break just below the hair ribbon. Another crack begins at that die chip and extends through the hair curls to the B in LIBERTY and the border at 11:30. Additional obverse cracks, if they are present, are extremely faint. The reverse has all of the cracks described for O-102a.
This lovely AU53 example has lustrous pewter gray surfaces with attractive gold toning on each side. Traces of high point wear show a natural tan color. A few trivial marks are evident in the upper reverse field.
From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.(Registry values: N991) (NGC ID# 24EP, PCGS# 6090)
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