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    1795 Half Dollar, Colorful AU50
    O-102, Problem-Free and Attractive

    1795 50C 2 Leaves, O-102, T-26, R.4, AU50 NGC. Tompkins Die State 5/2. The 9x8 berry arrangement and the position of those berries inside or outside of the wreath stem is sufficient to identify the O-102 (T-26) variety. While the die pair is readily available in lower grades, it is scarce in About Uncirculated or finer grades, and doubly scarce in its latest die state. This example is in a middle state of the reverse die, although the obverse checks in at its late die state with several light die cracks visible under a loupe.

    The variety shows an unusual pattern of die abrasion that starts above the date and curves along the inside points of the right-hand stars. Some examples show a stippled trail of abrasion all the way to Liberty's forehead, but this example is less affected than some, fading as the abrasion trail turns across the right field. The surfaces are otherwise smooth and attractive, with multicolor toning in blue, rose, and orange-gold shades. As often seen, the stars are flat in the centers while Liberty's portrait and the other motifs are well-defined. Light wear exists on the high points. Mint luster shines beneath the attractive patina, and there are no visible adjustment marks or meaningful abrasions to mention for the assigned grade. (NGC ID# 37NX, Variety PCGS# 39215, Base PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2018
    14th-19th Tuesday-Sunday
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