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1794 50C Fine 15 PCGS. O-104, R.5....

2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia #1173

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 3, 2012
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Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Choice Fine 1794 Half Dollar
Scarcer O-104 Marriage
1794 50C Fine 15 PCGS. O-104, R.5. A better but collectible 1794 die variety, distinguished by a rim break at 4 o'clock on the reverse. The present example has clear legends and substantial plumage detail on the right (facing) wing. The right obverse border displays a few faint adjustment marks, as coined, but abrasions are surprisingly absent, though selected areas appear microgranular when studied beneath a lens. The obverse is deeply toned walnut-brown and powder-blue. The reverse has lighter lavender and stone-gray colors. Perhaps half of all 1794 examples are O-101, which makes the appearance of a different variety in problem-free condition all the more desirable.(Registry values: N2998) (PCGS# 6051)

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