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Believed Finest Known O-106 1809 Half, MS65
Ex: Kaufman

1809 50C Normal Edge MS65 NGC. O-106, R.3. The Normal Edge variant. Since the obverse die used to strike this variety is quite similar to the O-104 die, it is easiest to attribute O-106 by observing key characteristics of the reverse die; the N in UNITED is recut and a long, heavy engraver's scratch extends diagonally from the right corner of the shield into the eagle's right (facing) wing. A heavy die break connects all stars on the left side of the obverse confirming the variety.
It was formerly believed that the finest known example of this variety is the Eliasberg specimen--an NGC-certified MS65 coin that was last sold as lot 16 of Bowers and Merena's January 1999 Orlando sale. Steve Herrman's Autumn 2009 edition of Auction Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars lists the Eliasberg piece as "Finest ?" However, in this edition he lists this piece as the number one example.
As with most certified Bust halves, the variety is not noted on the label, therefore the NGC Census Report is of limited use. However, grouping all varieties and edge types together, only eight 1809 halves have been graded at the MS65 level, with just two finer pieces--both graded as MS66 (10/09). Soft rose and golden hues evenly blanket both sides of this lustrous Gem. The strike is bold--for the issue--and the overall eye appeal is memorable.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24ES, PCGS# 6092)

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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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