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1897-O Barber Half, MS65
Attractively Toned

1897-O 50C MS65 PCGS. The 1897-O and 1897-S Barber half dollars are both firmly established keys in the series from the first decade of production for the newly introduced series. Both were struck in amounts under 1 million pieces each, 632,000 coins in the case of the 1897-O. Variegated patina on this Gem example is unusual but quite appealing, drawing from a spectrum of lavender, amber, violet, pink, and ice-blue hues. The strike is sharp, save for the usual problem area on the reverse. A couple of stray marks are in concert with the grade, but finding a nicer example would but difficult, either numerically or aesthetically. Population: 10 in 65, 8 finer (9/13).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24LZ, PCGS# 6478)

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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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