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1806/5 O.104 (R-4). Brilliant Uncirculated

From Stack's October 2006 New York Auction, Session 1 on Oct 17, 2006

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1806/5 O.104 (R-4). Brilliant Uncirculated, nearly Choice. Dark gun metal gray throughout with the...1806/5 O.104 (R-4). Brilliant Uncirculated, nearly Choice. Dark gun metal gray throughout with the centers slightly lighter rose-gold. Lustre peers out from beneath the toning. The surfaces show scattered handling ticks, including a tiny horizontal tick on Liberty's cheek and a minute round planchet flaw on her jaw behind her chin, which will serve to hallmark the present coin. As always, the strike is soft on the radial lines of the obverse stars, and on the reverse stars directly opposite Liberty's ample bust. There are traces of vertical adjustment marks spanning Liberty, best seen above the '80' of the date. One further point of identification, a tiny rim tick is found above the final 'A' of AMERICA. This is a middle die state with the crack forming from the edge to the 'U' of UNITED and multiple clashmarks are present on both sides.

One other example of this variety is reported in slightly higher condition, that being the Worrell coin sold by Superior in 1993. Apparently the second finest known of the variety, slightly ahead of the Eliasberg About Uncirculated example. No finer examples are reported by the two major grading services. NGC MS62.

Ex Walling Collection (Stack's, March 1996, lot 356; Numisma Sale (Stack's, November 1995, lot 1253.

Lot # 1010 Session 1
Hammer Price: $11,000.00

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