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Impressive 1801 O-101 Half, AU50

1801 50C AU50 PCGS. O-101, R.3. Slightly more than four years lapsed from the last delivery of half dollars in 1797 (May 26), until the first delivery in 1801 (August 14). The obverse remained the same as the 1796-1797 Fillet Head design, but the reverse was an entirely new design. It has traditionally been attributed to Robert Scot, and the Heraldic Eagle reverse was first used on 1796 quarter eagles (1795 Heraldic Eagle half eagles were not coined until 1798). Only one obverse and two reverse dies were used in 1801 to produce the 30,289 halves struck in this year.
The O-101 variety is distinguished by A2 touching the wing feathers, and by the presence of 13 arrows. This is the usual die state for the variety with a perfect obverse and rusted reverse. The reverse die has fine die rust visible through the legend near the border, along with a few heavier lumps: between ER, below the arrow butts, and below the left wing. The clash marks mentioned by Overton are not immediately evident on this piece.
This is a pleasing piece with deep gray-brown toning in the centers, surrounded by pale blue with hints of gold. Considerable luster is still visible, especially near the borders on each side. There are a few scattered surface marks on each side, including those near star 13 on the obverse. This example falls just below the Condition Census for the variety, ranking about sixth or seventh finest known.
Haseltine-1; Beistle 1-A; Overton-1; Hilt 4-C; PCGS# 6064; Encyclopedia-4568.
Ex: Alpine Numismatics (8/1998).
From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, 1794-1807.
(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24ED, PCGS# 6064)

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