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    1795 O-110 Half Dollar, Two Leaves, AU58

    1795 50C 2 Leaves, O-110, T-21, R.3, AU58 NGC. The recutting on star 5 and the loop of the 9 aid in attributing the obverse, as do the raised lines visible in the curls above star 2. The reverse shows two berries under each wing, all on the inside, none on the outside, with the overall berries arranged nine left, eight right. This is a relatively available variety, but the present AU58 example is far finer than usually seen and an excellent choice to represent the variety or the Flowing Hair type. There are scarcely signs of circulation showing on either side, in concert with the grade, but prominent planchet adjustment marks appear on the truncation of Liberty's bust and in her hair, forehead, and the upper obverse area at T(Y). Deep rose-violet patina lightens momentarily into gold, and the strike is nicely brought up overall (save for the eagle's claws) on a well-centered, problem-free planchet. A PCGS example of this variety in the same grade brought $37,375 in our Denver Signature (Heritage, 8/2006), lot 5217 (although at the time the variety was rated R.4 rather than the R.3 ranking it is given today). This piece is probably about tied for sixth finest known of the variety. (NGC ID# 24E7, Variety PCGS# 39228, Base PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    September, 2015
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