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    1795 Small Head Half, O-126a, Fine 12

    1795 50C Small Head Fine 12 PCGS. O-126a, R.4. One of the three Small Head die marriages, the O-126 is the most "common" of the three while still very scarce. Star 1 is far below the lowest curl, and star 15 is 1 mm away from the bust tip. On the reverse the berries are arranged nine and eight (left-right), with two berries under each wing and only the upper right one having a stem. The die crack that characterizes O-126a is bold from the rim through E, along the stem and to the lowest left ribbon, although a bit of imagination is required to follow it thence to the rim. The olive-gray surfaces are mostly evenly worn, with a single light, straight scrape noted on each side. Still nice and collectible for the grade. (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6054)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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