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    1806 Half, O-111a, AU58
    6 Over Inverted 6, Intermediate Die State

    1806 50C 6 Over Inverted 6 AU58 NGC. CAC. O-111a, R.4. Reflective surfaces are visible beneath variegated gray, rose, sea-green, and lilac toning on both sides. The strike is typically weak at the drapery and right (facing) wing. A few minor scrapes and abrasions are evident on each side, including a thin, shallow mark on Liberty's neck. Excellent luster remains across both sides, glowing ember-orange at the centers.

    Variety: O-111a, R.4. The popular 6 over Inverted 6 variety, in this instance an intermediate die state with a rim break over TED but only a crack over U. The Overton-111 is the middle die pair in a four-marriage tryst. The obverse is used later for O-112, while the reverse was first used for O-110, and also for O-127.

    Population Data (4/15): Varieties O-111 and O-112 are grouped together on the population reports because they share the same 6 over Inverted 6 obverse. Both die pairs are scarce in high grades. The present piece is tied with one other coin for fourth finest overall at PCGS. NGC reports three AU58 coins and one finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Eventually, the grading services will provide more accurate information by die pair and die state that will be more useful to determine the true rarity of this coin and others that share the 6 over Inverted 6 obverse. Die state is equally important in determining value. Perhaps the most accurate information comes to us from Steve Herrman's Condition Census, who reports (as of October 2014) the following ranking for die state O-111a, led by the Norweb-Jewell coin at MS64 PCGS, followed by the Eric P. Newman coin at MS61 NGC, then the present coin at AU58 NGC, supported by the Queller specimen at AU55 PCGS.

    Provenance: Michael Summers (8/1999); FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 1376; privately from Premium Numismatics (1/2008). (NGC ID# CZEY, Variety PCGS# 39337, Base PCGS# 6078)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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