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1834 O-101 Half Dollar, PR67
The Floyd Starr Specimen
Finest Certified Original Proof

1834 50C PR67 NGC. O-101, R.7 as a Proof. We are unaware of any detailed census listings of proof Capped Bust half dollars, but such a record would only include a small number of 1834 proof halves, certainly less than a dozen of all varieties. Perhaps five proofs are known of the Crushed Lettered Edge type that are sometimes called Restrikes, and only five or six other proofs, usually described as Originals, are known from four different die pairings.
Differentiating between proofs and prooflike pieces among old catalog listings is challenging, although many times the price realized will reflect on the status. For example, an 1834 half dollar called a proof in a 1992 sale realizing $1,760 was probably not a proof. Alternatively, a prooflike 1834 half dollar that realized $16,500 in 1998 was almost certainly a true proof. An updated review of all early proof coins, copper, silver, and gold, would prove an extremely worthwhile undertaking.
The combined reports of NGC and PCGS indicate that 13 submissions of 1834 half dollars have been certified as proof (11/12), including Originals, Restrikes, and resubmissions. This coin and a single CLE specimen are NGC-certified PR67, and they are the finest known proofs of the date.
The design elements are exquisitely struck, with excellent definition in the star centers, save for softness in the first three, in Liberty's hair and clasp, on the eagle's plumage, and in all of the letters of the ribbon motto. A melange of electric-blue, gold-tan, and lavender toning bathes both obverse and reverse. Impeccable preservation characterizes each face.
Ex: B. Max Mehl (12/1939); Floyd T. Starr (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 541; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 975.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part II. (NGC ID# 26SB, PCGS# 6217)

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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.

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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