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    1795 Two Leaves Half, O-104, AU58
    A Lower Condition Census Example

    1795 50C 2 Leaves AU58 NGC. O-104, R.4. The recut M in AMERICA identifies the reverse die, while the placement of star 1 relative to the curl confirms the Overton marriage. Since the 1794 half dollar is rare, early silver type collectors are drawn toward the 1795 to fulfill the popular Flowing Hair type. Numerous specialists collect 1795 halves by die marriage, and as there are 32 varieties known; this also limits available examples, which tend to be well-circulated. The present piece has nearly complete hair and wing detail, and breast feathers are apparent despite slight striking softness on the eagle's body. Substantial luster shimmers across the devices and peripheries. Deeply toned forest-green and autumn-brown surfaces are surprisingly unmarked. A minor rim mark at 5 o'clock and a hint of flaking on the 12 o'clock denticles are of little consequence.
    Ex: Dallas Signature (Heritage, 11/2006), lot 789.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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