Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for Sign-in or Join (free & quick) includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Important 1797 Half Dollar
Fine 15, O-102, Low R.6

1797 50C O-102, Low R.6 Fine 15 PCGS. It is a cause for excitement when a mid-grade, problem-free Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar crosses the auction block. Many coins of this two-year design type (1796-1797) are in low grade and/or plagued with problems, such as deep scratches, harsh cleaning, corrosion, tooling, repairs, or the like. At the other end of the spectrum, the price tags for Mint State, About Uncirculated, or even Extremely Fine examples put them out of reach for most collectors.
The present Fine 15 offering is thus an important opportunity for the collector attempting to put together a type set of U.S. coinage, or for the early half dollar specialist seeking to complete a date or variety collection. A delicate blend of lilac and light golden-gray patina covers both sides. The design elements display strong detail for the grade designation, particularly on the obverse, where many of Liberty's hair strands show. Indeed, the obverse might lay claim to VF definition. On the reverse, about one-third of the feather detail is visible. There are faint adjustment marks at the right obverse border between the stars and the rim, and a scattering of light marks over each side is consistent with a coin having seen moderate circulation. An inoffensive pinscratch running from the eagle's neck to the right (facing) leg is mentioned solely for pedigree purposes, as is one from the leg to the upper part of the palm leaf.
The Overton 102 variety of the 1797-dated half is the rarest of the four 1796-1797 die marriages. The laurel leaf extending beneath the base of the second T in STATES and the palm leaf terminating at the lower left serif of the F in OF confirm the variety.
Ex: Gary L. Burhop and Mel W. Davis Collections and other important properties (Bowers and Merena, 10/1996), lot 2011.
From The Glenwood Collection.
(Variety PCGS# 39266, Base PCGS# 6060)

View all of [The Glenwood Collection ]

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
June, 2008
26th-29th
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 11
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 2,569

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

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.

Order Now! Just $59.95

Heritage membership

941,509
bidder-members
$882,960,926
sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 

Consignments wanted

Only 43 days left to consign to the 2015 October 29 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York!

Learn about consigning with us

I appreciated very much your quick response to phone calls, the time you took to answer my questions and the efficiency of the whole transaction.
C.M.,
Carmichael, CA
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
REALIZED $8,308,723
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $6,503,481
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $10,592,191

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved