Proofs of this year may actually be rarer than indicated in Breen. Stephen Herrman only lists three O-121 proofs:
1. The Norweb '88 coin (PCGS 66).
2. The Eliasberg II coin (sold as a PCGS 64, now apparently a 65).
3. The Auction '90 piece (PCGS PR66).
This is the fourth distinct proof example of this particular variety. It would not be an overstatement to say that this coin would be the centerpiece of any collection of Bust Halves or 19th century proof type coins. (PCGS# 6205)
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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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