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    1794 Half Dollar, O-101, Fine 15
    First Year of the Denomination

    1794 50C Fine 15 PCGS. O-101, R.4. Half dollars were produced for the first time in 1794, with a small mintage of 23,464 pieces. Actually, 18,164 of these 1794-dated coins were not delivered until February of 1795. Eleven die varieties are known for the date. This coin represents the scarce O-101 variety, with star 1 piercing the lowest curl and a total of 21 leaves on the reverse wreath.

    The present coin is a well-worn Fine 15 example with pleasing gray, blue-steel, and amber patina. All major design elements remain intact in outline, with some interior detail still showing in the eagle's feathers. The legends and date are easily legible. The surfaces are lightly abraded except for a few short scratches hidden in Liberty's hair and the diagnostic die crack is present from the rim to the leaf, near the first S in STATES. Altogether, an attractive specimen of this important first-year issue.(Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2013
    25th-29th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
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