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    1842-O Seated Liberty Half, MS67
    WB-102, Finest Known 1842 for Date and Type
    Medium Date, Large Letters

    1842-O 50C Medium Date, Reverse of 1842 MS67 NGC. WB-102, Die Pair 8, R.3. Apparently struck from an early state of the dies, showing virtually pristine surfaces and an impeccable, full strike. The motifs display the intricate detail intended for the Seated Liberty design. Lustrous fields and devices convey nuances of natural toning in shades of gunmetal-blue, lilac, and mellow gold coloration.

    Variety: WB-102, Die Pair 8. Medium Date, Large Letters (Reverse of 1842), with a lump on Liberty's right thigh above the knee and a gouge in the left shield edge on the reverse. Lower shield lines extend to the eagle's left wing.

    Population Data (5/14): The NGC Census shows one MS67 (this coin) and none finer. PCGS reports none in MS67 or finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The finest known of this date and variety, and among the finest of any early Seated half. While common in comparison with the Small Letter varieties of this date, the coin is in decidedly uncommon preservation and exceedingly rare as such.

    Consignor Commentary: Large Date, Reverse of 1842 (Large Letters). A runaway top-pop coin with only one other being graded above MS64 by both services (an MS66 NGC). No marks in the fields and nary a scratch on Liberty. Close to perfect with even, natural toning. No die cracks evident.

    Provenance: Purchased from Stewart Blay (3/2002).(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24GW, PCGS# 6242)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    June, 2014
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