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    Lustrous 1795 O-116 Half, AU55

    1795 50C 2 Leaves AU55 PCGS. O-116, R.4. The obverse is from the same die as O-115, but with the die cracks even more advanced. An additional crack joins star 7 to the border, with a light die crack through the field over Liberty's head to the left base of R. Light clash marks in the left and right obverse field appear as dull ridges, and are especially visible to the left of the hair. Clashed letters from UNITED are visible through LIBERTY. The reverse does not have any visible die cracks, but does show blunt clash marks including dentils that are visible between UNITED and the border, and elsewhere.
    Due to a brief period in circulation, the surfaces have numerous tiny marks, yet this piece presents exceptional aesthetic appeal with its soft ivory surfaces and pleasing gold luster. The reverse has a satiny pewter color, also with hints of gold toning. Some weakness of strike is evident on each side, in the centers and also at the borders.
    Haseltine-7; Beistle 7-K; Overton-35; Hilt 7-H; PCGS# 6052, 39232; Encyclopedia-4553.
    Ex: Sheridan Downey (11/1997).
    From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, 1794-1807.
    (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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