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    1795 O-102 Half Dollar, High-End XF40
    Strongly Detailed and Lustrous

    1795 50C 2 Leaves XF40 PCGS. CAC. O-102, R.4. The O-102 variety is readily available in low grades but gets much tougher above VF. A nine by eight berry arrangement with two berries inside and one outside the right wing identifies the die pairing. A light obverse die crack from the bust end to the milling confirms the variety. XF examples compete for a spot just outside the Condition Census for the variety, but few can outshine this lustrous coin in that regard.

    Housed in a green label PCGS holder, this immaculate Flowing Hair half dollar has many attributes of a higher grade. The glossy fields show a generous amount of luster. Smoky, gunmetal-gray toning softens golden-rose iridescence. The only mentionable defect is a minimal planchet flaw on the rim at 2 o'clock on the obverse and a corresponding indent on the reverse rim, perhaps explaining the conservative PCGS grade. This is an altogether satisfying and appealing early half.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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