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1795 50C 2 Leaves AU50 NGC....

2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 10, 2008
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Orange County Convention Center
North/South Building
9400 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

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Auction, Room 230 B

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Desirable 1795 O-113 A over E Half, AU50
1795 50C 2 Leaves AU50 NGC. O-113, R.3. A over E in STATES. Obverse star 1 pierces Liberty's lowest hair curl. A rough die break that resides between star 15 and the date is one of the two chief diagnostics for this variety, the other being the A in STATES prominently repunched over a previous E. A die crack is beginning to form across the tops of LIBERTY, indicating an intermediate die state between O-113 and O-113a.
Apparently the sixth finest known O-113 half dollar. The dove-gray surfaces reveal golden accents near the borders, representing traces of the coin's original mint luster. The right obverse border has visible disturbances that represent improper operation of the Castaing machine, with the lettering not properly centered on the edge of the planchet.
Haseltine-5; Beistle 5-I; Overton-30; Hilt 15-Q; PCGS# 6052; Encyclopedia-4559.
Ex: Alpine Numismatics (11/1999).
From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, 1794-1807.
(Registry values: N4719) (PCGS# 6052)

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