1797 1/2C C-1 1 Above 1, BN MS (PCGS# 35101)
The June 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2014
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An original, Choice EF with even chocolate brown coloration and nice surfaces overall. A second digit 1 is punched into the field directly above the primary digit 1 in the date. There are also several small die lumps directly above the date, and below the letter L in LIBERTY. A diagonal die crack connects from the tip of Liberty's nose to the obverse rim near 4 o'clock, and a fainter crack travels from the upper rim through the right of B, to the top of Liberty's head. The letters RTY in LIBERTY, the denominational fraction, and the letter A in HALF are all softly impressed -- additional diagnostics of Manley Die State 4.0 for the 1797 C-1 half cent.