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The Finest Certified 1817 Half Dollar, O-107, MS67

1817 50C MS67 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg. O-107, R.3. A slightly scarcer die variety, and this one has a great pedigree. The Overton reference makes no die state distinctions. The obverse has faint vertical die lines or chips above the cap, and others at the bust tip. The reverse has a thin die crack below 50C that curves up through the letters on the left, to the first S in STATES, then through the scroll, before joining OF AM. A second crack from the edge between CA extends into the right wing. According to Overton (or more properly, Donald Parsley in the fourth edition of the Overton reference), most examples show these cracks. For that reason, we suggest this coin belongs to a group that should be labeled "O-107a."
Conservatively graded as MS64 in the Eliasberg catalog, this coin is an aesthetic treat of unmistakable quality. It is a Superb Gem representing a date that rarely comes so fine. In fact it is the only MS67 that NGC has certified, regardless of the variety. As PCGS has never certified an example finer than MS66, this solitary half dollar from the Eliasberg Collection is the finest known of the date.
This piece has the very special appearance that can be called "Eliasberg toning" with pale gold and gray color gradually changing to darker patina near the border.
Ex: George H. Earle (Henry Chapman, 6/1912); John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1740.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.
(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24F6, PCGS# 6109)

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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.

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