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    Attractive 1794 Half Dollar, O-101a, Fine 12

    1794 50C Fine 12 ANACS. O-101a, R.4. Star 1 solidly pierces the lowest hair curl; star 15 touches the bust. Star 2 is close to a hair curl. The 21-berry reverse has the berries divided 10 left and 11 right, the only such. A die crack runs from the edge to a pair of leaves below the first S. In this die state a crack from the edge through F turns upward through the nearest leaf pair, just above the outer berry, through the single leaf and to the last S, here faintly visible. This is a silver-gray piece tinged with gold and blue accents, well-centered and lacking adjustment marks. All major types are clear, although there is some weakness near the right obverse rim. Minor abrasions are not overly distracting. An attractive example of this historic first-year type.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24E6, PCGS# 6051)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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