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Desirable 1797 Half Dollar, Good 6, O-101

1797 50C Good 6 PCGS. O-101, High R.4. It is seldom that a low-grade Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar without impairments of some sort makes an appearance at public auction. This is what makes this Good 6 example so special. The savvy advanced collector will quickly recognize this as a rare opportunity to acquire a suitable, problem-free, and "relatively affordable" specimen of what is considered to be the most coveted of all U.S. type coins.
This charming coin displays golden-gray coloration in the centers, and a medley of sky-blue and lavender patination around the borders. Liberty's hair exhibits nice detail for the grade designation, and the ear and eye show clearly. With the exception of weakness on the right side of the eagle's left (right facing) wing, the bird is fully outlined and raised; separation is seen between the torso and both wings, and between the torso and right (left facing) leg. The 1 of the fraction is strong, while the 2 shows at the top. The right obverse and reverse borders reveal the usual weakness associated with 1797 half dollars, but all in all, this piece has nice detail for a coin designated Good 6. The surfaces are quite clean for a heavily circulated coin, revealing just a stray, inoffensive pinscratch or two. No adjustment marks are seen on either side.
This coin will be a marvelous fit for a low- to midgrade collection of early U.S. type coinage, or for a Bust half dollar date/variety set. We feel it worthwhile to mention again that it is most unusual to find a low-grade Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar such as this that lacks significant impairments.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EC, PCGS# 6060)

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Auction Dates
January, 2008
9th-12th
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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.

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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