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    Important Late State 1809 O-113a Half, AU50 Details

    1809 50C Normal Edge Genuine PCGS. O-113a, R.5. The A and M in AMERICA are extremely close and appear to touch. In practice, the reverse die cracks usually identify O-113.
    The reverse has a number of die cracks. The primary crack begins at the border over I in UNITED and continues clockwise through the legend to the border near the arrows. A second crack begins at the C of AMERICA and crosses the claws and olive leaves to the border below U. A third crack from the border crosses the lowest leaf pair to the tops of 50 C and beyond. A fourth crack begins at the primary crack between S and O, and crosses the scroll to the neck, shield, and tail feathers, on its way to the olive leaves.
    This late die state piece has several reverse die cracks.
    AU50 Details, Cleaned. The surfaces are mostly bright silver-gray with areas of pale gold toning. Both sides have the usual handling marks expected at this grade level. The eagle's neck and left wing are ill-defined as usual. Visually equal to the Overton plate coin, this piece is probably the second finest of the late die states, and should rank in the Condition Census for the variety.
    From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.

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