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Important 1834 O-109 Half Dollar, MS67

1834 50C Small Date, Small Letters MS67 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg/Kaufman. O-109, R.1. The obverse die is perfect while the reverse die is lightly clashed. The obverse die has a small extra star point between the top outside rays of Star 10. This prominent die marker immediately identifies the obverse die, used for O-109 and O-110. The reverse die uses the new Small Letters font, giving the design a more open appearance. The Eliasberg cataloger wrote: "The Small Letters style on the reverse permits more of the field to be displayed, thus giving the coin a cameo-like effect."
Like many of the early half dollars in the present sale, this piece may be the finest existing example of its variety. NGC has actually certified two different examples of the O-109 die marriage in MS67, the other example appearing as part of the Rod Sweet Collection that was sold in 2005. Only a side-by-side comparison of the two coins would tell which one is nicer, and even then the comparison might be subject to disagreement. We suggest that the Eliasberg specimen and the Sweet specimen are tied for finest known. However, since both coins are present in the Joseph C. Thomas Collection, we welcome those who wish to examine both coins in person to make an assessment.
An amazing Superb Gem, this beauty has brilliant light gold surfaces with underlying satin luster. The obverse has a few splashes of blue and iridescent toning, while the reverse is a shade darker, with much more iridescence. Pristine surfaces are void of any consequential marks on either side. Even with a glass, there are only a few minuscule marks, none worth mentioning.
Ex: Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1893.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.
(NGC ID# 24FY, PCGS# 6166)

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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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