A horizonal die line crosses the upturned curl of the 2 in the date. I had not noticed this feature of early die states until Jack Beymer called it to my attention a few years ago. We wondered whether there could be another digit under the 2. Alas, no. Probably just a short scratch in the die that soon disappeared. It remains a useful identifier of the 24-113 in its earliest die state. The coin exhibits soft luster throughout, stronger at the peripheries. A blanket of pastel gold toning warms the surfaces.
Note: Hard copies of the catalog incorrectly show this lot as O.101. It is O.113.
Estimate: $900 to $1,200
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