1796 50C 16 Stars VG10 PCGS. CAC. O-102, High R.5. ...
O-102, Outstanding VG10
The present 1796 16 stars offering is an amazing coin in several respects. It displays excellent design definition for the grade, including relatively strong detail in Liberty's middle and lower hair and that atop the head. The date, stars, and letters in LIBERTY all stand out, as do the reverse letters, wreath, and fraction. About one third of the plumage shows in the eagle's wings while virtually all of the tail feathers are evident. Portions of the left (right facing) claw are visible and the right (left facing) leg is completely separated from the torso. As these features point to relatively strong Fine detail we feel this coin has been conservatively graded by PCGS.
The multicolored toning is another outstanding attribute of the present specimen. Light to medium gray patina is highlighted by golden-orange, sea-green, rose, and bluish-gray on the obverse and subtle apricot and silver-gray on the reverse. Two minuscule marks on the right (left facing) breast and a few more under the left (right facing) wing will help pedigree the coin. The lack of a die crack from the rim through the first four stars indicates an earlier die state. All in all, this is a wonderful piece for a 200 year+ coin that has seen moderate circulation.
Ex: Laurence H. Gardner Collection from the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (Stack's, 3/2005, Choice Fine), lot 167; William H. LaBelle, Sr. Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 7/2005, NGC Fine 12), lot 1147; Ira and Larry Goldberg (9/2005, NGC Fine 12), lot 1706; Bowers and Merena (1/2010, PCGS VG10, CAC), lot 353.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EA, PCGS# 6058)
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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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