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    1795 Half Dollar, AU55
    O-117, Lightly Toned and Choice

    1795 50C 2 Leaves, O-117, T-3, R.4, AU55 PCGS. Tompkins Die State 3/1. The reverse die was carried over from 1794 (O-102, T-8), then used on four more varieties in 1795. The TED in UNITED is noticeably lower than UNI to identify the resilient reverse die. In total, 41 dies were used to strike 299,680 of the 1795 half dollars; of the dies, 19 were for the obverse, and 22 were for the reverse. The O-117 (T-3) variety is relatively available in both Uncirculated and circulated conditions, but only in context of the series. Choice About Uncirculated examples of any 1795 variety are scarce and highly prized.

    This lightly toned, silver-gray representative retains traces of its original mint luster and hints of iridescent color throughout both sides. Actual wear from circulation is minimal -- crisp definition is seen on the eagle's wing tops, and some breast feather detail is visible. Only a few light abrasions are seen on the smooth, hard fields. No die crack is visible between star 15 and 5, indicating a middle die state for this coin. Steve Herrman's Spring/Summer 2018 cumulative listings show only two finer auction appearances for O-117 in its early-to-mid die state.
    From The Lake Goodwin Collection. (NGC ID# 24E7, Variety PCGS# 39233, Base PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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