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1798 Draped Bust Cent. S-158. Rarity-4. Noyes Die State A-B (intermediate die state). Style I Hair. AU Details--Smoothed (PCGS).

An intermediate die state, there are virtually no reverse cracks, although the three nearly parallel cracks behind the bust on the obverse are faintly discernible. This boldly defined, overall smooth example also offers rather pleasing retoning in a blend of crimson-copper and gray-brown. This is a scarce die marriage in all grades, and despite the minor damage to this example, should prove a compelling offering to the collector who needs to find this die pairing. The obverse die went on to coin the S-159 variety, while the reverse die was retired after the edge cud formed above ITED of UNITED. This reverse had previously been used (sparingly) to coin the rare NC-2 die marriage of 1798.

This item sold for $822.50

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