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1812/1 50C Large 8 VF30 PCGS....

2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118

 
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Auction Ended On: Dec 4, 2008
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Location: George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010
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Attractive 1812/1 Large 8 Half, O-101, VF30
1812/1 50C Large 8 VF30 PCGS. O-101, R.5. Although a die crack is visible from the first 1 through the drapery and stars on the left, this is an early die state that was struck before the obverse die shattered. Two overdate obverse varieties are known, and they are distinguished in the literature as Large 8 and Small 8 overdates. Telling the two varieties apart is more easily accomplished by looking at the second 1 as it relates to the 8. On the Large 8 variety, that digit leans to the left, and its serif points just above the center of the 8. On the Small Date, the second 1 is more upright with the serif pointing to the top half of the upper loop of the 8.
This pleasing pewter gray example has hints of pale blue toning, especially on the obverse. The surfaces are smooth for the grade. It is an especially desirable Choice VF example.
From The Eagle Harbor Collection.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24EX, PCGS# 6102)

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