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Capped Bust half-dollar: 1818/7 O-101a/101, intermediate die-state
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   It's a nice Capped Bust half dollar. In my experience it's not unusual to find pre-1837 U.S. coins that are somewhere in between two listed die states.  Dies wore slightly with each strike, and it might not be feasible to list and describe every noticeable change. 

   I've been reviewing a 1970 "Revised Edition" of the Overton book, which lists only O-101 and not O-101a for this variety. However, regarding the obverse die Overton stated, "Some show a fine crack from edge through star 11 to curls." For the reverse, Overton commented that "Late states show a die crack through 50 C. across leaves and to UNI." Apparently, Overton recognized that not all pieces showed either no cracks or the cracks on both sides. The obverse crack apparently developed first. 

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She's a beaut Clark!

There is always interest among the die hard collectors for such interesting transitional states, but often they are not important enough for the TPGs or non-crazy collectors to care.  I have an 1814 O-107 prime, and me and perhaps six other people on the planet even care about it!

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