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1815/2 50C MS62 NGC. O-101a, R.3. Only 47,150 halves were ...

2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328

 
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Auction Ended On: Jul 26, 2003
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Location: Baltimore, MD
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Rare Uncirculated 1815/2 Half Dollar
1815/2 50C MS62 NGC. O-101a, R.3. Only 47,150 halves were struck late in the calendar year (from dies leftover from 1812), and they were not released for delivery until Jan. 10, 1816, just before a fire broke out in one of the Mint's outbuildings which ruined the rolling mills. As a result, no more Half Dollars were produced until 1817. The satiny, virtually untoned example offered here, although not quite up to full strength in terms of luster, is actually very well struck, and one could get a thorough education in die clashing by examining the many intricate clash marks on this coin. The traditional key to the Capped Bust Half Dollar series, aside from the ultra rare 1817/4, and an elusive issue in Mint State. Population: 6 in 62, 13 finer (4/03). (NGC ID# 24F5, PCGS# 6108)

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