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Desirable 1815/2 O-101a Half, XF451815/2 50C XF45 PCGS. O-101a, R.2. The 1815 half dollar is the key rarity in the Capped Bust series. It is actually an overdate, and one of just three coinage issues struck during the year. The others were the quarter and half eagle. The obverse die makes its debut here, as it was sunk in 1812 but was never used. The reverse die was only used in 1815.
Both dies are heavily clashed and the reverse is cracked as Overton describes for the 101a die state. The clash marks are so heavy that the spaces between vertical stripes seem to have a fabric background. The late state is slightly scarcer than the early state, although the difference is minor.
Bright silver-gray surfaces exhibit a few minor handling marks that are consistent with the grade. Both sides have delicate peripheral iridescence that enhances its eye appeal. This highly desirable piece is in a popular grade with variety specialists, Guide Book collectors, and date set collectors. It should garner considerable bidding interest.
From The Donald R. Frederick Collection of Early U.S. Coinage: Bayside Part II.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24F5, PCGS# 6108)
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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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