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Elusive Gem 1809 O-103 Half Dollar

1809 50C MS65 NGC. O-103, R.1. Although this is considered to be one of the most common 1809 half dollar varieties, Gem examples are extremely rare. Indeed, a review of auction records for Capped Bust half dollars, compiled by . Stephen Herrman, indicates that no Gems have been sold recently. In all likelihood, this piece is the finest known example of the die marriage, finer than the Queller Collection specimen, a piece that was called "possible finest known" by Stack's.
Although the hair curls and other central obverse details are somewhat weakly impressed, the balance of the obverse is well defined. Similarly, the reverse has weakness of detail limited only to the eagle's head and neck, with all other design features boldly rendered. Both sides have fully lustrous and frosty surfaces. The obverse has pale gray-gold at the centers, gradually changing to light turquoise and vibrant gold closer to the borders. The reverse has light gray at the centers, changing to brilliant gold, pale blue, and wispy lilac toning near the borders.
Overton (fourth edition by Donald L. Parsley) did not distinguish different die states, although this piece is clearly a late die state of the variety. All of the obverse stars and reverse lettering are drawn to the border by peripheral flowlines around the entire circumference on both sides. This variety was clearly struck after O-104 or O-105, both using the same obverse die without evidence of similar flowlines.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24ES, PCGS# 6092)

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January, 2008
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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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