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    Finest Known O-109 1808 Half--A Toned Gem

    1808 50C MS 65 PCGS. O-109, R.3. This piece is far and away the finest known according to the most recent edition of Overton, which lists the Condition Census as (60, 60, 60, 60, 55). The surfaces have no apparent flaws and are toned in multiple shades of rose and crimson with cobalt-blue peripheral accents. We can find no area that is incomplete in terms of striking details, and for those familiar with the series this is a strong statement. Every nuance of detail is present on the hair curls, each star radial is complete, and every feather on the eagle is fully articulated. By way of identification, we note a small spot of grease that was struck into the left obverse field. Population: 3 in 65, 4 finer (10/99). (NGC ID# 24EP, PCGS# 6090)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

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