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1797 50C O-102, Low R.6 VF35 PCGS....

2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114

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Pleasing 1797 Half Dollar
VF35, O-102, Low R.6
1797 50C O-102, Low R.6 VF35 PCGS. As expected, the die crack from the edge through star 2 to Liberty's curl is much heavier on the 1797 O-102 variety than on the 1797 O-101a variety. Also, the new reverse used for the O-102 is free of cracks, and differs slightly from the old one in its wreath alignment vis-a vis the peripheral lettering.
A delicate mix of violet-gray, sky-blue, yellow-green, and purple toning adorns both sides of this Choice Very Fine example. Despite high-point wear, the design elements retain strong detail, especially in Liberty's hair, drapery and facial features, and on the eagle's wing and tail feathers. Indeed, the only softness is noted in the stars along the right border, and on the eagle's breast, legs, and neck, all of which areas are always weakly struck on this variety. The dentilation is bold, except again for that along the right obverse border. Adjustment marks are completely absent, and the surfaces of both sides are remarkably clean. Two small marks to the upper right of Liberty's shoulder are mentioned only because they might be useful in identifying the coin for pedigree purposes.
This is a most pleasing example of this classic piece of Americana, and is also the rarest of the four Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar varieties
From the Bayside New York Collection.

(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EC, PCGS# 6060)

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