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1796 50C 15 Stars Fine 12 PCGS. O-101, R.5. When the minta...

2002 February Long Beach Signature Sale #284

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Auction Ended On: Feb 21, 2002
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1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, Fine12
1796 50C 15 Stars Fine 12 PCGS. O-101, R.5. When the mintages for both 1796 and 1797 Half Dollars are combined, a total of only 3,918 pieces were produced of this two-year design. There are two varieties for 1796, one with 15 stars and another with 16 stars. The 15 star obverse (O-101) was prepared before Tennessee's admission into the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Those with 16 stars were struck after the admission of the Volunteer State. This piece has light gray surfaces with deeper russet and emerald-green toning around the outer devices. Evenly worn and problem-free for the grade.
From the Ohio Collection. (PCGS# 6057)

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