Rare Late Die State – R.7? Solid for the grade with good luster and attractive pale gold toning. Its “selling point,” however, is its unlisted die state. A lengthy die break traverses 826 of the date, Liberty’s lowest curls, stars 11-12, exiting at the rim above star 10. A second impressive die break runs from the rim at 1 o’clock down through the cap and into the headband. My first encounter with this late die state was 1997 when Charlton Meyer showed me an AU example he had acquired from Jon Kern. His coin had the break through the date and right hand stars. In 2005 Brian Greer uncovered a VF coin with both die breaks, the only other example that I recall seeing. Dr. Link purchased the coin offered here from Rick Irons in June 2012. The label bears the Link provenance.
Estimate: $800 and up
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