Sharper by ten points but there are patches of shallow corrosion and verdigris on the obverse and microscopic roughness elsewhere on both sides. No notable planchet flaws or contact marks. Slightly glossy reddish steel and chocolate mixed with darker olive brown. Sharply struck and nicely centered on the planchet. Early die state, before any swelling. The date and legends are complete and bold. Called “Probable Second Finest Known” in the Perkins catalog. Weight 157.5 grains.

Ex Robert Vlack 3/19/1984-George C. Perkins, Stack’s 1/12/2000:453.


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