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    1795 Flowing Hair Half, AU53
    O-113a, A Over E in STATES
    Condition Census Quality

    1795 50C 2 Leaves, A Over E in STATES, O-113a, T-14, R.4, AU53 PCGS. Tompkins Die State 5/2. The O-113 (T-14) variety shares its obverse with the scarce O-114 (T-15) variety, which had a brief mintage until the O-114 reverse failed. At that time, the O-113 reverse was remarried to the obverse, and more of the O-113 die pair was struck (as O-113a -- the later die state). This example shows a late stage of both the obverse and reverse dies confirming the remarriage.

    An erroneous E was punched in the reverse working die (STETES rather than STATES), then corrected by overpunching the 'A' to cover most of the die sinker's mistake. No effort was made to efface the errant E, creating an ever-popular Mint blunder. This attractive example retains soft mint luster beneath bluish-gray and gold toning. The O-113 is softly struck at the center of Liberty's hair and the eagle's breast (even on high-grade pieces). A ragged, diagnostic die lump between star 15 and the numeral 5 confirms the late die stage. The Tompkins Condition Census is 64,63,60,55,55,50.
    From The Lake Goodwin Collection. (NGC ID# 24E7, Variety PCGS# 39254, Base PCGS# 39252)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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