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Splendid 1808/7 Half Dollar, O-101
MS65, Tied for Finest Known

1808/7 50C MS65 NGC. O-101, R.1. The prominent serif of the 7 atop the last 8 in the date is sufficient to identify the Overton variety, but various other markers are present as well: the small centering dot on the neck, the open top on the B in LIBERTY, and the numerous die breaks, here prominent through the date and running up through all left-side stars to near the headband. A couple of smaller cracks appear on the obverse,. including one through stars 12-13, and the stars are drawn toward the edge. The reverse, uniquely paired with the overdate obverse, shows a gap in the feathers on the right (facing) side of the eagle at the shield. The present Gem specimen exhibits marvelous cobalt-blue patina at the rims on each side, with pinkish-silver centers and a couple of small patches of untoned brilliance. Radiant luster is visible throughout both sides. According to the Stephen Herrman reference, this piece would rank as tied for finest known with the Joseph C. Thomas Collection example that we offered in our Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009, lot 2405).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24EP, PCGS# 6091)

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January, 2011
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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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