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Obverse of 1795 Half Dollar - Overton 131     Reverse of 1795 Half Dollar - Overton 131

Overton 131

Rarity: Very Scarce

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55 (illustrated above).  Ex - James G. Macallister, March 8, 1944, sold for $45.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson II" sale, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 880, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1795. O-131, R-4. PCGS graded AU-55. This particular coin boasts abundant mint luster with a delicate blue and gold toning around the periphery. Sharply struck, with full curls on Liberty, and excellent details on the eagle, including his small breast feathers. On the obverse, the die cracked from behind Liberty's eye, through her ear lobe, to the curls below. There are a few other minor die cracks on each side, including one through the tops of UNIT to the last A in AMERICA, and a thin one up from the right side of the first A of that word. Identifiable by a tiny scratch from the point of the lower left serif of the D in UNITED, through the upper serif, to the rim above, and three short scrapes just past that same letter in the field. No adjustment marks are present, and this coin is stunning in every way. This is likely high in the condition census for the variety, as noted in Steve Herrman's Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars from 1794 to 1839. A finer example was sold in the James A. Stack sale by Stack's 10/94 sale, lot 476 for $34,100; and different coin was offered as MS-63 by Stack's Sale 3/98 lot 482 which brought $10,450. In addition we note an AU-55 example was sold by Stack's in their Halpern Sale, 5/99, lot 2455 for $11,213. In regard to the Benson coin, we suspect that it is likely tied with the Halpern coin as third finest of the variety. We also note that the Overton/Parsley reprint notes the best in their survey as VF-35...", sold for $19,550.00