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    Near Mint 1806/5 O-102 Half Dollar, AU58

    1806/5 50C AU58 NGC. O-102, R.3. Second use of Obverse 1, and the first of three uses of Reverse B. This is called a six-berry reverse; however, it usually only shows five berries because of heavy die clashing (which is the case here). More easily attributable by the bold line to the right of the upper right corner of the shield.
    This is a lovely, high grade coin that is far superior to most examples known, including the Queller piece. Almost complete mint luster remains and each side is richly toned with lighter centers that are surrounded by deep gray and rose toning and sea-green around the outer devices. Better struck on the reverse stars than usually seen, the hair detail on the obverse is especially well defined. There are no noticeable abrasions on either side.
    This piece represents an excellent balance of grade and value. The finest piece sold in recent years is a PCGS MS62 and it brought $27,600 in 2004. An MS60 coin was sold in 1999 for more than $10,000. The only AU58 coin sold recently (also an NGC coin) sold in our September Long Beach Auction in 2006 for $5,463.
    Haseltine-6, Beistle 10a-Qa, Overton-3, 4, PCGS# 6077, Encyclopedia-4584.
    Ex: Sheridan Downey, privately (11/1997).
    From The Westmoreland County Collection of Early Bust Halves, 1794-1807.
    (Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24EK, PCGS# 6077)

    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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