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    1809 50C Normal Edge Genuine PCGS. O-102a, R.1. Obverse 2 has a short spine visible below the northeast point of star 7, about half the length of that star point. Reverse A has the U of UNITED broadly recut below. This reverse also appears on O-101 and O-110.
    The obverse has a faint die crack through the base of 180, extending left into the field toward the drapery. A second crack begins under the left serif of the 1, extending through the drapery to the center of stars 1 through 4. The reverse has a die crack through the tops of UNITED STATES to the border over O. That crack actually appears to start at the lowest arrowhead, although it is extremely faint before it reaches the legend.
    AU58 Details, Questionable color. The strike is sharp and considerable satin luster is visible beneath iridescent toning. The centers are gold and violet, with brilliant blue and lemon-yellow toning at the borders. While the toning may be artificial, it still lends considerable eye appeal to this important near-Mint half dollar.
    From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.

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