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Elusive 1815/2 Half Dollar
Near-Mint State, O-101a

1815/2 50C AU58 NGC. O-101a, R.3. The late-state-reverse die cracks are on full display on this near-Mint State piece, basically encircling the entire rim in each direction from 6 o'clock. The usual die clashing on this variety is visible on the obverse. Splashes of blue and purple compete with a silver-gold color scheme on this coin, which shows no singular abrasions for the grade but fairly diffuse luster. Nonetheless this piece is an in-demand specimen as the only variety for the year; a meager 47,150 pieces were coined, and none in the following year, 1816. The last AU58 example we know of, a PCGS example, sold in a Stack's auction a couple of years ago for $14,950. An important opportunity for Bust half collectors.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24F5, PCGS# 6108)

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Auction Dates
September, 2011
7th-11th
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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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