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Highly Attractive 1797 Fifty Cent, VF30
Intermediate Stage of O-101a

1797 50C VF30 NGC. O-101a, High R.4. This 1797 O-101a specimen displays a faint crack from the rim through star 2 to Liberty's curl, and the reverse exhibits some of the incipient cracks that eventually led to the shattering of the reverse die. A light crack extends from the edge through the O in OF to the leaf point below F, and a thin crack travels from the rim at about 10 o'clock to the top of the leaf that is positioned to the lower right of the D in UNITED. Another light crack runs from the edge through the first T in STATES to the stem of the left, topmost berry, and yet another travels from the rim to the upper right serif of the U in UNITED. The relative lightness of these cracks, and the lack of any others, points to this particular coin being an intermediate stage of O-101a.
Light to medium gray patination dominates both sides, each of which exhibits subtle golden undertones and hints of luster in some of the protected areas. Liberty's hair is nicely delineated, as is a good portion of the drapery. The reverse design elements are also quite sharp, save for the typical softness on the eagle's breast, neck, and legs. Relatively strong dentilation is apparent on both sides, and no adjustment marks are evident on either. The reverse is remarkably clean, while the obverse reveals a few light marks, including a shallow hairline scratch across the neckline that does not detract from the overall appearance.
This is an attractive coin that will fit comfortably in a high quality type or date/variety collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EC, PCGS# 6060)

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