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Beautiful 1818 O-114a Half, MS63

1818 50C MS63 PCGS. O-114a, R.3. The date is wide and low, with the bottom curl extending over the left serif of the second 1.
All of the obverse and reverse cracks of State a are present on this splendid specimen. Clash marks are barely discernable on each side.
Parallel file marks across Liberty's hair curls and cheek are possibly adjusting marks, or they may be rolling marks from planchet preparation. Regardless of their source, they are entirely Mint made and have little or no affect on the grade or value.
This wonderful piece has frosty silver luster beneath ivory and delicate gold toning. The strike is sharp with excellent centering. This piece is just below the O-114 Census, and ranks among the top half dozen of the O-114a.
From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.(Registry values: N1793) (NGC ID# 24F9, PCGS# 6113)

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