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SERIES: Flowing Hair Half Dollars 1794-1795
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1795 50C Overton 113a A over E in STATES (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
39254
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
13.48 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
299,680
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$11,163 • PCGS AU50 • 3-3-2016 • Heritage
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Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

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

2 MS62 estimated grade  

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

3 AU55 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:950, $16,100 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

3 AU55 PCGS grade

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

5 AU50 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

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

2 MS62 estimated grade  

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

3 AU55 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:950, $16,100 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

3 AU55 PCGS grade

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

5 AU50 estimated grade  
6 XF45 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: 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.