Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1668, $68,750 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:526, $126,500 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2386, $86,250 - Dr. Charles Link Collection
Stack's 5/1965:759 - Austin Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 5/1974:676 - Kagin's 11/1974:806 - Bowers & Merena 8/1987:1195 - Superior 3/2000:1668 - Bowers & Merena 8/2003:1380 - Stack's-Bowers 8/2011:7334 - Heritage 4/2012:5112, not sold
Heritage 1/2007:950, $16,100 - Dr. Charles Link Collection
Terrell Collection - American Auction Association 5/1973:57 - George Oviedo Collection - Stack's 9/1983:721 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:13, $8,050
The 1795 Overton-113a is one of the more interesting varieties among early Half Dollars. In this case, the die sinker misspelled the word STATES by punching an E in place of the A, resulting in STETES. After realizing the error, the die-sinker simply punched an A over the E, but made no effort to efface the mistake. The overpunching can be seen even on low-grade examples.
At least two Mint State examples are known of the 1795 O-113a. The finest is a PCGS MS64, formerly from the Eliasberg Collection and now in the Dr. Charles Link Collection. The second best is an NGC MS64 from the Richard Jewell Collection (last sold in 2012).
This is a semi-scarce variety that commands a premium because of the popularity of the misspelling.
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