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    1806/5 Half Dollar, O-101, AU58
    Lovely Color and Surfaces

    1806/5 50C O-101, T-6, R.3, AU58 PCGS. CAC. Luminous gold, mint-green, and ocean-blue hues highlight the peripheral recesses on each side of this otherwise lavender-gray near-Mint O-101 representative. The usual strike deficiency is evident on the upper-right reverse and the corresponding portion of the obverse, but actual wear is almost nonexistent and the surfaces are attractively free of the numerous small abrasions that typically accompany an AU grade.

    Variety: O-101, R.3 -- the popular 1806/5 Guide Book variety. This obverse does not appear to have been used in 1805 but was apparently prepared in 1805 and then left unused until 1806, when it was overdated prior to production. Star 12 on the obverse is recut, as are the T in UNITED and the second T in STATES on the reverse. This near-Mint piece is right in the middle of the Condition Census for the variety.

    Population Data (9/15): All varieties included, PCGS has seen just 10 1806/5 half dollars in AU58 and seven finer; NGC contributes 12 pieces in AU58 and six finer.

    Heritage Commentary: O-101 is not rare in the absolute sense but does become conditionally so in the upper AU and Mint State grade range. Such examples are in high demand by Overton specialists, as well as Guide Book variety hunters.

    Provenance: Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 3/1998), lot 488. (NGC ID# 24EK, Variety PCGS# 39296, Base PCGS# 6077)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    October, 2015
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