Sharpness EF40 or better but covered with fine granularity and there are microscopic specks of greenish verdigris in a few protected places on both sides, especially at ORI. Slightly glossy medium reddish chocolate brown with lighter steel brown on the highpoints. No contact marks but there are a couple planchet flaws: a vertical one up through the bust and a nearly vertical one up between the 7 & 8 in the date. Later die state with strong swelling at UC in AUCTORI and similar swelling above and before the head of the seated figure. A sharply detailed example of this tough variety, one that was missing from the Ford collection. A condition census example that comes with a nice provenance. Weight 142.6 grains.
Ex (possibly) Bowers Rare Coin Review April-May 1972 page 58-Walter Breen, Pine Tree Auctions 9/6/1985:65-George C. Perkins, Stack’s 1/12/2000:227.
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