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    1811 Small 8 Half Dollar, Toned MS65
    O-110a, Tied for Second Finest

    1811 50C Small 8 MS65 NGC. O-110a, R.1. Ex: Frank McCarthy Collection. Identifiable by the leftward slant of the digits in the date, and the center dot between crossbars 4 and 5. This later die state shows a die crack that starts below the olive leaves, continues through the tops of UNITED, and terminates above the first S in STATES. At this grade level, this piece is tied with several other Gems, suggesting this production run may have been set aside for many years in a vault as part of a bank's cash reserves. Sharply struck in all areas, the surfaces are lustrous with an overlay of mottled deep gray and blue toning on each side. (NGC ID# 24EU, PCGS# 6097)

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