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    1805 Draped Bust Half Dollar, AU50
    O-112, T-2, Qualifies for the Condition Census

    1805 50C O-112, T-2, R.2, AU50 NGC. Tompkins Die State 1/1. The reverse was first used in 1803 and shows a cud through STATES and the clouds below. Although the obverse die was lapped after its first usage in the production of 1805 O-113 halves, it retains remnants of clashing in the field above Liberty's bust and through the tops of the date digits. This example is minimally circulated with dusky ivory interiors and gunmetal-blue toning around the borders. Relatively strong detail appears on the portrait and eagle, including the neck feathers, while the stars and other peripheral areas are softer. According to Steve Tompkins' 2015 Condition Census, this AU50 example would qualify at the lower end.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24EG, Variety PCGS# 39286, 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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2020
    23rd-26th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 18
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