The obverse is showing the two major die cracks indicating a middle to late die state. The reverse is showing indications of the die scratches and maybe a die crack. Despite what appears to be a weak strike, which figured into the lower than usual price, I figure the scarcer die marriage made it a decent acquisition for my type set. The questions are: 1) Has anyone seen this die state and have I interpreted things correctly? 2) Is this indeed a weak strike or is it just related to the die state? 3) Is this still an R-5 or has more recent research changed it? PCGS pop report lists 685 in all grades, NGC is 142. I imagine there aren't very many out there unslabbed. I also imagine there aren't many die variety collectors of this two year series? I would suspect our resident expert on early half dimes, @johnmilton, might have some insight here and I would be grateful for any comments from anyone.