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    1795 Flowing Hair Half, AU53
    Condition Census Example
    Scarce O-115 Die Pair

    1795 50C 2 Leaves, O-115, T-10, R.5, AU53 PCGS. Tompkins Die State 3/3. The Overton-115 (Tompkins-10) variety is a scarce die pair overall, but especially so in high grades. Just a single Uncirculated example is known. Both the obverse and reverse dies show prominent die cracks, with the reverse die the first to fail. The heavily cracked obverse went on to strike the less-scarce O-116 variety, showing even more extensive die breaks before it was retired.

    This lightly toned example is one of the few About Uncirculated survivors. Many Mint-made adjustment marks crisscross the central obverse. Strong silver luster remains on both sides, with golden toning at the margins. Most of the right-hand stars lack their full central details, as do a couple of the left-hand stars, with a bit of strike weakness in the centers on each side. This piece ranks solidly within the Condition Census for O-115 examples.
    From The Kessler Family Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24E7, Variety PCGS# 39231, Base PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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