Ex Don Frederick Lot 2969 from the same sale as the preceding lot. PCGS again omitted Frederick’s name on the label (while adding Link’s) when the coin was reholdered after the sale. The die break through the date that Overton seems to require for the late die state is missing; PCGS nonetheless attributed the coin as O.107a. It was undoubtedly influenced by the worn, clashed dies and the presence of a small die chip on Liberty’s nose. Full cartwheel luster and mark-free surfaces support the AU 58 designation. Russ Logan quaintly referred to this intermediate die state as the one with “a mouse on the nose.” Logan owned one of two known 1814 platinum half-dollars, Judd 44. They were struck from the O.107 die pair. Since they do NOT have a mouse on the nose (or a die break between 81 of the date) we know that they were struck in 1814 at the Mint, not pieces de caprice, struck elsewhere from discarded dies.
Estimate: $2,500 to $3,500
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