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    1835 Half Dollar, O-103, MS64
    Delicate, Original Surfaces

    1835 50C O-103, R.2, MS64 NGC. This piece has the distinct, satiny look that characterizes many of the half dollars coined in the 1834 to 1836 period. Luminous fields illuminate mottled golden-gray, amber, and pale blue toning on each side, while the underlying surfaces are devoid of major distractions. A few of the finer hair curls on the obverse are a trifle soft, as is the eagle's left (facing) wing on the reverse, but the strike is actually pleasing for this issue.

    Variety: O-103, R.2. Several parallel, diagonal die lines appear within the recesses of the shield. These die lines are diagnostic of the variety, which employs a leftover 1834 tail die.

    Population Data (4/15): For the 1835 date, NGC lists 40 grading events in MS64 (two MS64+, one MS64 ) and 23 finer. PCGS reports 37 MS64 (five MS64+) and seven finer. The finest attributed O-103 pieces are three in MS65 -- two at NGC, one at PCGS.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1835 is the final half dollar issue that was produced in its entirety on a screw press. Steam power was introduced at the Mint in late March 1836, and the first half dollars struck using steam power were coined in November 1836. Half dollar production in 1835 amounted to more than 5.3 million coins, which accounts for this issue's moderate availability today, encouraging much popularity among type collectors.

    Provenance: Purchased from Jason Carter (11/2001).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24FZ, Variety PCGS# 39929, Base PCGS# 6168)

    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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