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Gem Mint State 1808 O-102a Bust Half Dollar

1808 50C MS65 NGC. O-102a, R.2. The die cracks on the obverse and reverse of this piece are interesting to contemplate. This is a late die state as usual for the marriage. Both sides are nicely detailed and fully lustrous with brilliant silver surfaces. The obverse is ringed with sea-green, cobalt-blue, and lilac toning, while the reverse is limited to pale green and gold. The obverse has a bisecting vertical crack (actually two cracks that join in the hair) and other cracks. The reverse has several cracks, one that follows the top of the scroll for a short distance before turning downward, through the centers of IBUS on the scroll.
Ex: Stack's (10/2004), lot 1377; Stack's (1/2005), lot 2818.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24EP, PCGS# 6090)


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January, 2007
3rd-6th 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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