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The Finest Known 1818 O-104 Half Dollar, MS67
Late Die State, O-104a

1818 50C MS67 NGC. Ex Kaufman. O-104a, R.3. All of the die cracks on late die state O-104 half dollars appear on the obverse, and the present specimen makes certain that they are all visible, thanks to its sharp strike. A heavy die crack from the border curves down through the left field to the bust and drapery, ending at the bottom of the left ribbon end. A second crack from the border, crosses the right side of the first 8, continuing to the drapery. A further crack from the border passes over star 7 through the front of the cap and the headband, eventually to the hair below IB. Even later die states exist, with a crack through the stars on the right, but there is no evidence of the later die state on this piece.
This example is visually and numerically superior to the Eliasberg coin that is considered the finest known. Incredible frosty luster and pristine surfaces are visible through the amazing deep green-gold toning on the obverse, and grayish-gold on the reverse. The strike is sensational with every individual design element boldly defined. Considered the new finest known, this piece is better than any others recorded. Stephen Herrman lists the Eliasberg MS66 coin, the MS65 that we handled in 2006, and a small number of MS64 grade pieces as the best to appear in recent sales. The present specimen is finer than all of those, and clearly the best in existence. Census: 2 in 67, 0 finer (3/09), for all 1818 varieties.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24F9, PCGS# 6113)

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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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