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    1805 O-110 Half Dollar, AU53
    Finest Known for the Variety

    1805 50C O-110, T-6, R.5, AU53 PCGS. Tompkins Die State 3/1. The mintage of Draped Bust halves topped 200,000 in 1805, achieved from a total of 14 die pairs including seven obverse and nine reverse dies. The O-110 (T-6) die marriage is one of the scarcer varieties, represented here by its late die state with rim crumbling over Y of LIBERTY and extending above stars 8 and 9. The large number of dies required was caused by numerous die cracks and edge cud failures. This is a sharp example for the O-110, and a leading candidate for the finest-known of the variety. Blue accents occupy the margins, a complement to warm olive-gray toning that dapples the obverse and reverse with intervening glimpses of subtle silver luster. The strike is sharp except among a few field stars, the eagle's head, and the upper-right edge of the eagle's right (facing) wing. All three major references (Parsley, Tompkins, and Herrman) cite XF45 examples at the top of their O-110 Condition Census, making this the finest reported example by eight grading points.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24EG, Variety PCGS# 39284, Base PCGS# 6069)

    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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    April, 2020
    23rd-26th Thursday-Sunday
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