Lovely Choice XF 1795 2 Leaves Half, O-1091795 50C 2 Leaves XF45 NGC. O-109, R.4. The lowest curl on the obverse is about equidistant from four points, two each on stars 1 and 2. The dentilation below star 1 is normal (unlike on O-108). The berries are arranged nine left and eight right on the reverse, and there are two inside berries under each wing and no outside berries. This is a lovely Choice XF example of this very scarce second-year variety. Considerable luster remains on powder-gray surfaces tinged with jade, rose, and gold. A wealth of pleasing detail appears, save for the softly struck reverse center, on the eagle's breast. There are no singular abrasions or adjustment marks.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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