Ron Guth: The 1849/8 Half Dime, like the 1849/6, is a controversial variety. Some experts, such as the authors of the CherryPickers' Guide, believe the traditional 1849/8 variety (FS-301) is actually a recut date, 1849/48. Less convincing is FS-302, which is a tossup as to whether it is an 1849/8 or an 1849/6, or even an 1849/8/6.
Either way, there is a clear undertype on both varieties, and they are both very popular and highly collectible varieties.
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