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The Finest Known 1825 O-104 Half, MS671825 50C MS67 NGC. O-104, R.4. A small, sharp die chip in the left reverse field immediately identified this reverse die, and thus identifies this scarce variety. The same reverse die was also used to produce the 1824 dated O-115 variety. This example has been identified as the coin that appeared in the Wilson Collection sale of March 1907. The sale of the David Wilson Collection was the first solo sale of Samuel Hudson Chapman after he and his brother Henry parted company. The two had worked together in the auction business since 1878, conducting their first sale in 1879.
This Superb Gem 1825 half dollar is undoubtedly the finest known for the variety, and may be the single finest example of the date surviving today. Two other 1825 half dollars have been certified MS67 by NGC, one of which is the Eliasberg O-110 coin. Each side of this lovely half dollar has a delightful display of toning. The obverse has deep green color intermingled with ivory and lilac. All of the obverse details are sharply defined, save for slight weakness only on the curls behind Liberty's neck. The reverse is also sharply struck, and has a concentric pattern of ivory, gold, russet, and teal toward the border. Under the toning on each side is wonderful satiny luster. Population: 3 in 67, 0 finer (3/09).
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24FL, PCGS# 6142)
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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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