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    Scarce 1795 Half, O-117, Fine 15, Ex: Reiver

    1795 50C Two Leaves Fine 15 PCGS. Ex: Reiver. O-117, R.4. Overton's "defect line" between the right arm and base of Y in LIBERTY identifies the die marriage. Overton stated that the field was unfinished below the chin; however, it may be the case that the rough lines he examined are actually clash marks from the eagle's wing. O-121 has a similar appearance. This piece is an early die state, with no evidence of the crack from 5 o'clock to the bust. Although the present obverse die was only used for O-117, the reverse proved more hardy and was eventually paired with three other obverse dies. The surfaces are deep gunmetal-gray, lighter on the major devices than in the fields. Minor marks are near star 3 and the nose; the reverse shows no relevant marks, but the center exhibits greater wear than the remainder of the piece.
    Ex: Paul Padget (7/28/1981); Jules Reiver Collection (Heritage, 1/2006), lot 22498, where it realized $2,530. (Registry values: N1793) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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