Lot #12. 1800 Draped Bust Half Cent. C-Unlisted, B-1a. Rarity-7--Struck on a Cut Down Large Cent--AG Details--Corrosion (NGC).
The January 2010 Orlando Rarities Sale - 1/5/2010
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The undertype is most readily evident near the upper-left obverse border, where we can plainly see what appears to be the letter O in the word ONE from the reverse design of a Draped Bust Cent. While there is only a single die marriage known to exist for the 1800 Half Cent, the planchet stock determines the difference between the B-1a and B-1b varieties. B-1a, struck on spoiled Cents, is quite rare and, according to Walter Breen (1983), "must have formed only a tiny minority of the 12,356 delivered on June 5, 1800." In addition to the aforementioned remnants of the undertype, the present example displays a clear date, outline definition to most central devices and some detail to the peripheral features. Dark olive-copper surfaces with scattered verdigris and pitting due to the stated impairment.