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Desirable O-102 1801 Half Dollar, AU53

1801 50C AU53 PCGS. O-102, High R.4. The rarer of the two Overton varieties struck from the meager mintage of 30,289 pieces. Both varieties share the same obverse die, but the reverses are promptly distinguished by checking for prominent die lumps near the arrowheads. They are present on O-101 but absent on the elusive O-102.
This O-102 example ranks in the Condition Census, which Stephen J. Herrman lists (as of spring 2010) as 58, 55, 53, 53, 53. Luster glimmers from the hair, shield, wings, and other design elements. Dusky rose-red, sea-green, and cream-gray toning drapes the lightly abraded surfaces. An important example of this much better Draped Bust date. Population: 2 in 53, 8 finer (6/10).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24ED, PCGS# 6064)

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August, 2010
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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.

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