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1794 O-105 Half Dollar, XF45+
1794 50C XF45+ NGC. O-105, R.5. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green.
This early die state piece has no evidence of die cracks, clash
marks, lapping, or die sinking on either side. Current rarity
ratings suggest that about 60 examples of the O-105 die marriage
survive today in all grades, yet only two or three examples are
known that match or exceed the grade and quality of the Newman
specimen. The Eliasberg AU58 example is the finest known, followed
by an AU53 NGC coin and an AU50 PCGS example. The Newman specimen
is next with the grade of XF45+ NGC.
Census Level Specimen
Fourth Finest Known
This lovely piece has an excellent strike that shows full borders on each side. The surfaces exhibit light yellow-gray patina with peripheral iridescence. A few minor surface marks are evident on each side as expected for the grade, including a shallow depression on Liberty's cheek and light disturbance in the fields around OF on the reverse. Overall, this is an exceptional example of our nation's first half dollar and with a bit more luster it might have garnered an AU designation.
Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $75.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24E6, PCGS# 6051)
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