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Premium Gem 1895-S Barber Half
Spectacular Mint Luster and Thick Frost

1895-S 50C MS66 NGC. Barely more than 1.1 million 1895-S Barber halves were struck, and today the issue is a series semikey in any grade, but especially in the higher Mint State grades. At the Premium Gem level of the present piece, PCGS has seen two submissions with two finer, while NGC has seen four with a single MS67 finer (1/12). This piece is liberally coated in spectacular mint luster, with thick mint frost over the devices and bright fields that show slight reflectivity. A loupe reveals a couple of insignificant obverse marks. One of the nicest pieces of this in-demand issue we have seen.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24LU, PCGS# 6473)

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February, 2012
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The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.

This work will be the premier reference for 1796-1797 half dollars for years to come. Institutions having an extensive numismatic library or coin cabinet will find it a valuable complement to their holdings, and catalogers charged with writing up specimens for auction can now have an indispensable source of background and pedigree information. Likewise, coin dealers seeking to purchase one or more '96 or '97 half dollars for a client or for inventory, and collectors who own, have owned, or desire to own one will want this important reference work for their libraries.

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