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    1795 Flowing Hair Half, VF25
    Rare Overton-101 Variety
    Problem-Free for the Grade

    1795 50C 2 Leaves, O-101, T-28, R.7, VF25 NGC. Tompkins Die State 1/1. Overton-101 (Tompkins-28) is one of the most challenging rarities desired for a die variety collection of 1795 half dollars. The 2015 Tompkins reference indicates just nine pieces are known, with images of seven examples in the pictorial census. This VF25 coin is not shown, but based on its numeric grade and surface quality, it ranks among the top five O-101 pieces known. Attractive, medium-gray toning is a notch or two lighter on the raised devices for a pleasing visual effect. The obverse strike is especially sharp for the assigned grade, while the reverse is bold at the margins with grade-consistent, smooth wear over the eagle's plumage. The reverse is rotated about 30° counterclockwise in relation to the obverse.

    Star 1 is positioned well below the curl, and berries are arranged 10 left, 9 right -- the sole identifiers needed to confirm the rare O-101 die pair. The two lowest, outside-right berries are small (the bottom one is tiny) and both lack stems. Other distinguishing characteristics include the widely spaced I and B of LIBERTY and higher position of R in the die compared to E and T. A semicircular path of die abrasion runs through the top of the date and along the inside right-hand stars, faintly curving toward Liberty's forehead. This R.7 variety is seldom available in any grade -- let alone in problem-free VF condition -- and it is always in great demand by early half specialists.
    From The Lake Goodwin Collection. (NGC ID# 24E7, Variety PCGS# 39214, Base PCGS# 6052)

    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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    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

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