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    Choice AU 1794 O-101 Half Dollar

    1794 50C AU55 PCGS. O-101, High R.3. This is an early-middle die state piece with a light crack from the border to a leaf pair between D and S. A second crack from a dentil through the middle of F to a leaf, jogs left toward the uppermost leaf in the right branch. This second die crack is faint, and only visible because of the high grade of this piece.
    This is a wonderful example with sharp design details on each side, affected only by a trace of rub on the highpoints. It has a crisp strike with nice centering and full border details. The surfaces have pleasing gray-brown color with splashes of deeper steel toning on each side. Satin luster shines through the toning on both sides.
    By a margin of 20 points, this specimen is the finest 1794 half dollar of any variety that is listed in the JRCS Census, and it is tied for the second best of any 1794 variety according to the Census notes in Overton's fourth edition. Recent auction records suggest that as many as five or six finer 1794 half dollars still exist.
    The first delivery of 1794 half dollars took place in the final quarter of the year, with 5,300 pieces delivered by Henry Voigt, followed by an additional delivery of 18,164 coins early in 1795, all from 1794-dated dies. Two different dates are often given for the first delivery, either October 15, 1794 as claimed by Walter Breen, or December 1 as claimed by Hilt and others. The second delivery is recorded as February 4, 1795.
    The attribution scheme presented by Martin Beistle includes numbers and uppercase letters to identify obverse and reverse dies, followed in some instances by lower case letters to identify states of each die. In some cases, his die state identifications do not follow a logical sequence
    Haseltine-1; Beistle 1-Aa; Overton-2; Hilt 6-D; PCGS# 6051, 39200; Encyclopedia-4552.
    Ex: Gerald Shertz; Sheridan Downey (8/1998).
    From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, 1794-1807.
    (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24E6, PCGS# 6051)

    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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