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Near-Mint 1795 O-110 Half Dollar1795 50C 2 Leaves AU58 PCGS. O-110, R.3. Raised lines in the fields right of stars 2 and 3 apparently remain constant in all die states. Both sides have prominent clash marks visible in the fields. The reverse has a fine die crack from the border through the left stem and ribbon to the lowest leaf pair at U, following the stem to the E of UNITED.
This piece is fully lustrous with light silver surfaces that are framed by wispy rose toning at the borders. Only slight signs of wear can be seen on either side. The strike is sharp with excellent centering that incorporates full obverse and reverse borders. It is a delightful example for both its high quality and aesthetic appeal.
Although the recently published fourth edition of Overton provides a Condition Census of 61, 45, 45, 40, 35, we believe the true Census includes a small number of better pieces. The Westmoreland County specimen almost certainly ranks in the top half dozen specimens known, probably fourth or fifth finest.
Haseltine-3; Beistle 3-G; Overton-24; Hilt 22-Z; PCGS# 6052, 39228; Encyclopedia-4561.
Ex: Heritage (8/2006), lot 5217; Harry Laibstain (8/2006).
From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, 1794-1807.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)
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