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A 6th J17/P25 Discovered in Vienna Museum
by Saul Teichman
July 11, 2004

A 6th example of a 1794 copper half dollar has been discovered in a Vienna museum. It is the third piece to be discovered in the past year.

This piece, illustrated above, is an Overton 109 and was found by Richard Doty, curator of coins for the Smithsonian Institution, in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. It was the gift of an S. Schwarz in 1920 and is listed as inventory #175172. It weighs 11.181 grams. Click on the thumbnail image at the very top of this page to see an enlargement of its edge device.

From the available image, the coin appears to be genuine. It was struck from an extremely rare Overton variety with only the Overton plate coin confirmed in silver. This piece is far and away the finest copper die trial of any variety.

It is one of 2 known copper die trials from the Overton 109 dies. The other, which was misattributed as an O-108 by Pollock, is well-worn and is now in the Smithsonian and can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

Photo courtesy of Richard Doty of the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution.