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    1817 O-106 Capped Bust Half, MS64+
    Beautifully Toned 'Comet Head'

    1817 50C O-106, R.2, MS64+ PCGS. Ex: Simpson. In its later die state, the O-106 variety is famous for its "single leaf" reverse, the dies excessively lapped. This is the earlier die state -- equally interesting, with its comet-like die flaw from the top of Liberty's cap and a strong die break along the reverse rim beneath C of 50 C. The position of numerals in the date is odd and unique to O-106, with the first 1 and 7 distant from 81, which are closer to each other, the date reading 1 81 7.

    More than 1.2 million half dollars were struck dated 1817, with many interesting varieties among the 13 die marriages. This is a high-end, Choice Uncirculated example, with attractive, multicolor album toning evenly distributed throughout both sides. The strike is sharp, with well-formed stars and crisp definition among Liberty's cap folds, hair curls, and drapery. Only brief weakness exists at the eagle's brow, talon, and left (facing) wing top. Eye appeal is exceptional, clearly placing this near-Gem Bust half at the low end of the O-106 Condition Census.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24F6, Variety PCGS# 39498, Base PCGS# 6109)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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