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1818/7 50C Large 8 MS65 PCGS. O-101, R.1. Actually, the ...

2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 22, 2002
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Location: Santa Clara, CA
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Richly and Originally Toned 1818/7 Large 8 Half, Condition Census MS65 Preservation
1818/7 50C Large 8 MS65 PCGS. O-101, R.1. Actually, the die state is an intermediate one between O-101 and O-101a. The obverse displays the crack (as struck) from the rim through star 11 to Liberty's hair curls that Overton notes for the O-101a variety. The reverse, on the other hand, does not exhibit a crack from 50 C, over the olive leaves, to the UNI in UNITED. Overdate Capped Bust Halves are a favorite among the numerous collectors who specialize in this long-defunct series. These coins, however, are very difficult to locate in the finer Mint State grades. For example, the 1818/7 Large 8 is represented by only two MS65 coins at PCGS, and there are none finer (9/02). This is one of the most visually appealing and technically sound Capped Bust Halves that this cataloger has seen irrespective of date or die variety. Streaks of copper-orange iridescence are seen on both sides with blushes of steel-blue color around the reverse periphery. Both of these colors overlay otherwise lavender-gray surfaces. Clashmarks (as struck) are evident in the fields, but neither side is marred by a single distracting abrasion. Well centered with an overall sharp strike. Overton's Condition Census for this die marriage reads: 65; 63; 63; 63; 63. (PCGS# 6115)

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