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Exquisite Gem 1822 O-108a Half Dollar

1822 50C MS66 NGC. O-108a, R.3. This is from a late state of the dies with a peripheral crack through the date, bust and lower stars to the right and left. The reverse has similar cracks through the lower design elements and much of the peripheral lettering. Pale lavender toning with wisps of rose and blue near the borders. This is a lovely Gem with exceptional luster and considerable eye appeal. While not a rarity in overall terms, this is a highly desirable example, one of very few early half dollars to reach this lofty grade. For the entire design type from 1807 to 1836, NGC has certified just 204 examples as MS66, and only 48 higher grade coins, including a single MS69.(#6129) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24FG, PCGS# 6129)

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Auction Dates
November, 2004
4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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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.

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