The reverse die is in its third and final use. “Incused segments” over the eagle are a hallmark of the variety. (They are absent on the O.101, first appearing on the O.110.) Only early die states of the O.102 were struck on planchets with the XXX edge. All examples of O.101 and O.110 have an XXX edge. Both are rare die pairs, contributing little to the population of this scarce “experimental edge” and virtually nothing to the limited number of high grade specimens. The preceding lot is a notable exception. The Sharfman coin is lovely. A halo of iridescent album toning immediately grabs the viewer’s eye. Soft luster rolls through the fields. From Heritage’s 2020 FUN Show sale, lot 3753 at $6,300. Tom Sears’ similarly graded, CAC approved example in my January 2021 sale (MB 51, lot 7) brought $7,700, 2½ years after selling for $8,519 in a Legend auction.
Estimate: $6,500 to $8,500
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