Late State 1795 O-117a Half Dollar, VF351795 50C 2 Leaves VF35 NGC. O-117a, R.4. The heavy die crack from the bust to the edge midway between the 5 in the date and star 15 confirms the die state. As mentioned in Overton's third edition, a finer crack from this one joins the top of 95. Overton further indicates: "Later states also show a crack from edge across curls and out to edge at star 5. Still another fine crack at bottom of 17." This example evidently is not of a later die state, as these cracks are not apparent.
Pleasing light to medium gray color in the fields highlights the motifs, more so on the obverse. Strong definition is especially apparent on Liberty's hair strands, and in the eagle's tail feathers, as well as those in the interior portion of the wings. The design elements are nicely centered on the planchet, and the dentilation is relatively strong on both sides. A few inoffensive marks are visible on Liberty's cheek and neck. All in all, a lovely midgrade specimen that is sure to draw the attention of early half dollar aficionados.
Haseltine-11; Beistle 11a-P; Overton-40; Hilt 10-E; PCGS #6052; Encyclopedia-4553.
Ex: Northeast Numismatics (6/1999).
From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, Part Two. (NGC ID# 24E7, Variety PCGS# 39234, Base PCGS# 6052)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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