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    Charming 1795 2 Leaves Half, O-105, XF40

    1795 50C 2 Leaves XF40 PCGS. O-105, R.4. Star 1 connects by two points to the lowest hair curl, and star 2 lies across the next curl upward. The base of 1 is higher than 795. Although this piece is not yet in the O-105a die state, a tiny die crack does appear from the rim through the lowest point of star 15 and to the bust. Most of the other cracks that would characterize the later die state are as yet unformed. On the reverse the leaf point is between RI but closer to I, and M is recut at the left serif. This piece has considerable attractions that include moderate luster remaining, pretty silver-gold and grayish coloration, and little mentionable contact. Some old die clashing visible on the obverse only add to its charm.
    From The Burning Tree Collection.
    (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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