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    Late Die State 1794 O-101a Half, VF20

    1794 50C VF20 PCGS. O-101a, High R.3. A late die state with all of the die cracks described by Overton fully developed. The crack between D and S continues through the branch to the eagle's wing. The second crack through F jogs left to the top leaf on the right, emerging from the leaf tip to the right center of the final S.
    Both sides have pewter-gray color with splashes of blue, green, and gold iridescence near the borders. A few insignificant surface marks are present, including a short, identifying scratch through the final A. The central obverse has a few faint adjustment marks.
    Two different styles of Flowing Hair obverse dies are identified for the 1794 and 1795 half dollars, distinguished by a presence or absence of a thin shoulder loop below the back of the truncation where the bust joins the hair. The obverse dies without the shoulder loop (such as this one) are attributed by some to the hand of Robert Scot, while others with a shoulder loop are attributed to John Smith Gardner. The only Gardner die among the 1794 half dollars is found on O-109, a unique variety that has never appeared for sale at auction.
    When Al Overton developed his original attribution scheme, based largely on the earlier work of Martin L. Beistle, he recorded separate numbers for die states and edge lettering errors, a system that must not have been too well received by collectors. His second edition, published three years later, introduced an entirely new set of three-digit variety numbers that remain in use today. Eight 1794 varieties listed in the second edition had earlier been given 15 different numbers by Overton in his first edition. The first edition is still an excellent source of die state information.
    Haseltine-1; Beistle 1-Ab; Overton-3; Hilt 6-D; PCGS# 6051, 39201; Encyclopedia-4552.
    Ex: Coin Galleries (7/16/1997), lot 1719.
    From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, 1794-1807.
    (Registry values: N4719) (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.

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