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Choice AU 1795 O-115 Half Dollar

1795 50C 2 Leaves AU55 PCGS. O-115, R.6. The owner of the Westmoreland County Collection comments: "This is the pre-Turb that I love the most! More features and defects!" In this connotation, "defects" is clearly good. A finer AU58 example has been certified, although some believe that this AU53 grade piece is actually the nicer coin.
A heavy die crack begins at the border below star 1 in the form of a rough die chip up to the point of star 2, and continues intermittently through star 3. A branch from this crack curves up through the margin between the stars and border, eventually joining the border at star 5. Another crack joins the outer points of stars 5 and 6. A faint crack joins star 8 to the top of L, with another through the tops of IBERTY to stars 9 and 10.
The reverse has a raised defect near the border to the right of F, along with faint die cracks, including one that joins the tops of STA and another through the tops of MERICA.
A tiny die dot is centered between the left and right ribbon ends, but it is so tiny that it can only be seen on high grade coins like this one.
Despite the presence of minor peripheral and central adjustment marks on the obverse, this is a gorgeous piece with exceptional aesthetic appeal. Both sides have nearly full luster with brilliant ivory surfaces and only a trace of highpoint wear that forms a slightly darker tan coloration. It is well detailed with excellent definition and nice centering on both sides. Each side has a single fine hairline scratch, hardly worth mentioning. A dark toning spot between the M and E provides an excellent pedigree reference.
Haseltine-16; Beistle 7a-L; Overton-34; Hilt 7-G; PCGS# 6052, 39231; Encyclopedia-4553.
Ex: S. Moore (5/2000) via eBay.
From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, 1794-1807.
(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

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