Description1812/1 50C Small 8 AU58 PCGS. O-102a, R.2. The overdate obverse with a Small 8. Clashed dies are noted, along with a fine die crack from the second 1 to the upright of the overdated 1.
This splendid near-Mint example has fully lustrous silver surfaces with only a trace of wear on the high points. Both sides have ivory centers with lovely peripheral gold and iridescent toning. Mint State and near-Mint examples of the O-102 die marriage in any die state are infrequently encountered.
Ex: a Bust Half Nut Club member; Bowers and Ruddy (5/1977), lot 716.
From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.(Registry values: N991) (NGC ID# 24EY, PCGS# 6101)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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