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    1794 Flowing Hair Half, Fine Details
    Rare O-107 Variety

    1794 50C -- Bent, Damaged -- NGC Details. Fine. O-107, R.6. Although the variety is not designated on the holder, this 1794 half is the elusive O-107 variety, which was upgraded from an R.5 rarity to R.6 in the current rarity ratings for bust halves. Although this example has its problems, several of the highest rated examples in the Census for the variety do as well. The highest-rated O-107 is a VF20, while the sixth-rated example of the variety is a F12 with damage.

    This example appears original and wholesome except for a trio of dents on the obverse and a resultant bend in the coin. Otherwise, it displays natural deep, dove-gray color with details approaching VF if not for the damage. The date is complete with only slight weakness at the bottom. The diagnostics for the O-107 variety are clear with Star 1 terminating at Liberty's first curl (but not penetrating it) and the point of Star 15 very close to the extreme end of Liberty's bust. It has the correct reverse die pairing with berries 10-11 (the only reverse with 21 berries, also seen on several other varieties of the date).
    From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.


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