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1845 Half Dollar, PR65
Second Finest of Six Proofs

1845 50C PR65 NGC. R.7 as a proof. Unlike the smaller silver proofs, there is no date repunching on the half dollar, although an oblong die chip appears below the left side of the 8. A few other raised die chips are noted on the obverse of this Gem proof. The 84 appear to touch. Several of the vertical shield lines on the reverse extend into the horizontal crossbars. The reverse has a delicate die crack from the bottom right serif of F in HALF that extends into the field below the adjacent D. Just above the crack is a faint die line that connects those letters. The same dies were used for all the 1845 proof half dollars.

We reoffered the Kaufman 1845 proof half dollar in our January 2013 FUN Signature sale, where we presented an updated roster of five known proofs, including one in the Smithsonian Institution. The Newman Collection example is a sixth proof, and second finest known behind the Premium Gem Pittman-Kaufman specimen. The 1845 proof half dollars include the PR66 NGC Pittman specimen; the PR65 NGC Newman example that is offered here; the PR64 NGC specimen from our May 2008 sale; the PR63 PCGS Eliasberg specimen; a proof specimen in the Smithsonian Institution; and a proof example in the July 1978 New England Rare Coins Auctions sale. The Queller and Byers half dollar collections both lacked proofs of this issue.

The beautiful Gem Newman example has rich peripheral violet and blue toning around light silver at the center of the obverse, with similar blue, violet, and champagne toning around rich reddish-orange on the reverse. Both sides are sharply detailed with fully mirrored fields and satin devices.
From The Eric P. Newman Collection. (NGC ID# 27T7, PCGS# 6389)

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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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