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1796 50C 16 Stars

2001 Atlanta, GA Signature Sale #267

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Auction Ended On: Aug 9, 2001
Item Activity: 11 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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Very Rare 1796 16 Stars Half--VG10--Perfect For the Grade
1796 50C 16 Stars VG10 NGC. O-102, R.6. The half dollars of 1796-97 are one of the most highly regarded and valuable type coins in all of U.S. numismatics. Of the two years, the 1796 coins are the rarer, and the 16 Stars variety is the scarcer of the two 1796 varieties. When encountered, 1796 halves are usually only seen in Fine or lesser grades, and high grade pieces are rarely encountered. We have only offered three other pieces at public auction over the past ten years.
This is a pleasing, problem-free piece for the grade. The surfaces are original with a two-toned appearance, the fields and recesses of the coin being darker in hue while the highpoints of the design have light steel-gray appearance. Well centered and well defined for the grade with no mentionable abrasions on either side--this is as fine a 1796 half as one is going to locate in this grade range.
From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko. (NGC ID# 24EA, PCGS# 6058)

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