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Superb 1903-S Barber Half--Tied For Second Finest Known

1903-S 50C MS67 PCGS. The 1903-S is one of those curious issues that is scarce in Fine-XF but available for a price in higher grades. Up to a point, of course. And the breaking point is MS64. Twenty or so pieces are available in that grade, but only scattered pieces are known in higher grades. This is one of only two coins to have been so graded by the major services with one piece finer (11/04). Sharply struck with the usual frosted mint luster, both sides are covered with gray-lilac toning that brightens to lavender and blue at the margins. A few tiny marks are located on Liberty's cheek, but are only visible with a magnifier, and their presence is further subdued by the patination.(#6497) (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24ML, PCGS# 6497)

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January, 2005
12th-15th Wednesday-Saturday
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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.

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