Only two rare varieties exist among 20 die marriages used to strike just over 4 million half dollars in 1826. One is the present O-115 variety, and the other is the O-103. Star 1, 7, 8, 13 positions are 4, (4 2), 2, 4. The top of the 2 is lower than the 186. A scribe die line by the dentils above and to the right of star 7.Left stars are sharp while the right stars are flat. Late die states show a die crack through stars on the left (this coin). "I" in PLURIBUS is centered under "T" in STATES. The closely spaced AMER help identify this rare variety. The base of the A is slightly above the base of the M. This very scarce variety has a nice pewter-silver surfaces. The Ultimate Guide To Attributing Bust Half Dollars, 4th Edition, by Glenn R Peterson, M. United States Early Half Dollar Die Varieties - 5th Edition - by Donald L. Pictures are taken of the actual coin you will receive and should be used to grade for yourself. Grading is subjective, even for highly rated grading services.
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