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Sumptuous PR64 1847 Half Dollar1847 50C PR64 NGC. Ex: Pittman-Kaufman. An exacting strike imparts bold definition to the design elements on the near-Gem proof, including complete separation of Liberty's foot and sandal, and crispness on all the star centrils, Liberty's hair, and the eagle's plumage. While both sides appear untoned at first glance, hints of soft tan-gray color show up under magnification. The surfaces are nearly pristine, save for some fine hairlines revealed under magnification. A minute mark just below the elbow of the left (facing) arm is mentioned solely for pedigree purposes. In sum, a sharp coin that combines remarkable rarity with numismatic history. Census: 4 in 64, 1 finer (3/09).
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection. (NGC ID# 27T9, PCGS# 6391)
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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.
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