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Near Census 1795 O-117 Half Dollar, AU50

1795 50C 2 Leaves AU50 PCGS. O-117, R.4. Housed in a green-label PCGS holder, this amazing 1795 half dollar faint bluish-gray patina over lighter silver surfaces with a trace of champagne toning on each side. The surfaces are lightly marked as expected for the grade, although none of those marks are severe, and they should not be confused with the clash marks that are also present on both sides. Overton states that the field is unfinished beneath the chin, although the marks in that region also appear to be clash marks. This is an early die state before the obverse cracked below the bust point. Only about 10 AU or better examples of this variety have been sold in auctions over the last decade, and most of those are the late die state coins.
From The Chandler Collection, Part Two.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

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