1797 50C XF40 PCGS. O-101a, R.5. Any Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar appearing in an auction sale is bound to generate ...
The XF40 specimen that we offer in the present sale is an Overton 101a. Not only is the reverse cracked, but the obverse also shows a heavy crack from the rim through star 2 to Liberty's hair curl. The surfaces of this coin are a pleasing light to medium grayish-blue with subtle lavender and golden undertones. The design elements are well centered on the planchet, and reveal nice remaining detail, though virtually all of the stars are flat in the centers, and feather detail is absent from the eagle's neck, breast, and legs. The dentilation is relatively strong on both sides, and the surfaces are quite clean for a coin that has been in circulation. A few minute, inconsequential contact marks are scattered about, particularly on Liberty's chest and neck, and an unobtrusive short pinscratch extending from the shoulder into the hair helps to identify the piece. No adjustment marks are evident on either side. All in all, this is a very attractive coin for the grade, and is sure to elicit spirited bidding. The Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar is necessary to complete an advanced type set of U.S. coinage.(#6060)(Registry values: N10218) (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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