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    1794 O-105a Half, Fine 12
    Classic Example of the Die Break

    1794 50C O-105a, R.5, Fine 12 NGC. Ex: Hilt Collection. Robert Hilt collected Flowing Hair halves primarily as examples of the different die pairs and die states, which were less understood and often undefined when they were acquired. He must have loved this coin. It is a classic example of Overton O-105a, with a bisecting die crack from the edge through the first T of STATES to the opposite edge between E and R of AMERICA. Sinking of the die where the crack crosses the eagle causes the upper portion of the eagle to be flat and smooth.

    Die sinking aside, this example is well-produced, sharply detailed, and attractive. Natural warm-gray toning is a bit deeper at the margins. Few marks of any kind are seen on either side of the coin -- in fact, only Mint-related flaws are seen. Steve Herrman suggests an R.6 rating for this die state.
    From The Liberty USA Collection, Part 2. (NGC ID# 24E6, Variety PCGS# 39207, Base 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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