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Prooflike 1828 O-106 Half, AU50

1828 50C Curl Base 2, Knob AU50 PCGS. O-106, High R.4. O-106 and O-107 have a curl base, knobbed 2, and each shares the same reverse with the U in UNITED recut. O-106 has the 1 centered between the border and drapery, while O-107 has the 1 much closer to the drapery. An intermittent guide line is visible at many of the obverse dentil tips.
The obverse die is fresh and crisp. The reverse has a fine die crack through the tops of UNITED, with fine die lines including heavy die lines through the scroll below the D.
All design details on both sides are boldly defined. The obverse and reverse fields are fully mirrored, especially between the vertical shield stripes on the reverse. Excellent contrast is visible between the fields and devices. Both sides have delicate gold, violet, and blue toning that deepens near the borders. In our opinion PCGS has clearly under graded this lovely piece.
Don Frederick considered this piece to be a proof, and his conclusion is fully understandable. Although our opinion is different, the opportunity to acquire and study this impressive half dollar should be carefully considered.
From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.

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