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    1794 O-106 Half Dollar, Fine 15
    Rare Die Pair, Early Die State

    1794 50C O-106, Low R.6, Fine 15 NGC. Ex: Hilt Collection. The O-106 variety shares the same obverse die as O-105, a new die pair resulting from the reverse die reaching its demise when striking O-105a. The stalwart reverse used to strike O-101 was pressed into service, and while the hard-used reverse held up, the obverse die eventually cracked (creating variety O-106a) and it was used no more.

    The silver surfaces of this example show many small marks and thin lines beneath a freckling of olive-gray toning, which is deeper on the reverse than the obverse. Bright silver remains on the high points and around most of the devices. Orange-gold highlights surround the eagle, suggesting some remaining mint luster. Considerable hair detail remains on Liberty and the eagle wings show half of their feathers.
    From The Liberty USA Collection, Part 2. (NGC ID# 24E6, Variety PCGS# 39208, 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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