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    1829/7 Half Dollar, MS66
    Tied for Finest Certified
    Rare Late O-102'a' Die State

    1829/7 50C O-102'a', R.5, MS66 NGC. Stephen J. Herrman's Spring 2020 revision refers to an O-102'a' late die state, unlisted in Overton, that shows a radial die crack through the 9 in the date. Herrman states the rarity as R.5, with a question mark, and lists the Condition Census as 62, 58, 58, 55, 55. But here is an MS66 example with the clear crack through the 9, four grades higher than any previous auction appearance. In fact, its MS66 grade ties it as the finest known 1829/7 half dollar, given that the two highest graded examples in the Herrman roster are an MS66 O-101 (Ex: Pogue), and an MS66 O-102 (Ex: Kaufman). The present late state wonder coin shows the stars drawn toward the edge. The major devices are bold, and the surfaces are remarkably free from contact. The interiors display even light lilac toning, while the borders offer subtle powder-blue and tan-gold toning.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24FT, Variety PCGS# 39809, Base PCGS# 6155)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2020
    3rd-9th Monday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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