Attractive 1834 O-103 Half Dollar, MS651834 50C Large Date, Large Letters MS65 NGC. O-103, R.2. One of just three Large Date, Large Letters die pairings, despite numerous online and Internet only auctions that list several others in error. Here the 1 in the date is sharply higher than the 8. Interestingly, the O-103 die marriage was used to produce the legendary King of Siam proof specimen. This nicely toned Gem example shows a bit of inescapable striking softness on Liberty's highest curls and on the eagle's left (facing) wing, both hallmarks of the variety.
From The Gateway Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24FY, PCGS# 6164)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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