Highly Attractive 1797 Half Dollar
1797 50C O-101a, High R.4 VF30 NGC. This 1797 O-101a
specimen displays the faint diagnostic die crack from the rim
through star 2 to Liberty's curl, and the reverse exhibits some of
the incipient cracks that eventually led to the shattering of the
reverse die. There is a relatively heavy crack from the edge
through the O in OF to the leaf point below F. Additionally, a thin
crack from the rim at about 10 o'clock extends to the top of the
leaf that is positioned to the lower right of the D in UNITED.
Another light crack travels from the edge through the first T in
STATES to the stem of the left, top-most berry. No other reverse
cracks are visible on this particular coin, as it does not appear
to be the terminal die state of O-101a. Moreover, what other cracks
that may have formed were likely very thin, and subsequently worn
Light to medium gray patination dominates both sides, each of which exhibits subtle golden undertones, and traces of luster in the protected areas. Liberty's hair is nicely delineated, as is a good portion of the drapery. The reverse design elements are also quite sharp, save for the typical softness on the eagle's breast, neck, and legs. Relatively strong dentilation is apparent on both sides, and no adjustment marks are evident on either. The reverse is remarkably clean, while the obverse reveals a few light marks, including a hairline scratch across the neckline that does not detract from the overall appearance.
This highly attractive coin is sure to elicit considerable interest among aficionados of Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollars.
Ex: Raymond L Tollett Estate (Stack's, 4/1971), lot 53; Stack's (10/1978), lot 136; The Dennis Heller Collection (New England Rare Coin Auctions Florida United Numismatists Sale, 1/1982), lot 619; Jonathan Kern (July 1982).
From the Bayside New York Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EC, PCGS# 6060)
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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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