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    1797 Half Dollar, Originally Toned VF20
    O-101a

    1797 50C O-101a, T-1, High R.4, VF20 PCGS. CAC. Amato Unlisted. Light- to medium-gray original toning imbued with whispers of gold and purple shows over both sides of this VF half dollar. Liberty's hair displays considerable hair-strand detail, and the drapery is well-defined, including clear delineation of the drapery line with the chest. The eyebrow and pupil are strong, and the eagle is fully outlined and feather detail is visible on the tail and somewhat on the left (facing) wing. The expected marks associated with moderate circulation are noted on each side. Housed in a first generation holder.

    Variety:
    O-101a, High R.4. Overton's Reverse A, that began to crack when it was paired with the 1796 15 and 16 star obverses, continues to show more cracks. In particular, a crack now extends from the upper part of the left (facing) wing to the rim, from the rim above the first T in STATES to the upper neck, and a crack through the bottom of ST connects the previous two. It is this series of cracks that differentiates the 1797 O-101 from the O-101a die state. Subsequently, Reverse A was replaced with Reverse B that was then paired with the 1797 obverse (O-102).

    Commentary:
    How many late die state 1797 half dollars (O-101a) are known in comparison to 1797 O-101 coins? Our research indicates that of the 100 or so 1797 O-101 variety pieces that we have documented, about two-thirds fall into the late die state (O-101a) category. This is an important coin for the variety specialist collecting by die state.

    Provenance:
    Acquired from Heritage Auctions Inventory on June 23, 1988.
    From The Hamilton Collection. (NGC ID# 24EC, Variety PCGS# 39265, Base PCGS# 6060)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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