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1839 With Drapery Half, MS64
Among the Finest of This Second 1839-Type

1839 50C Drapery MS64 NGC. CAC. WB-102. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Christian Gobrecht's Seated Liberty design was altered in 1839, when Robert Ball Hughes added some folds of drapery to Liberty's elbow and slightly reduced the size of the rock to balance metal flow in the striking process. The Drapery half dollar type is slightly more available than its No Drapery predecessor, but it is still a rare issue in Mint State.

This attractive Choice example displays remarkably bright mint luster, with mostly brilliant centers and occasional dabs of sea-green and amber patina. Traces of golden-brown and deep blue toning are scattered around the margins. The design elements are sharply defined throughout. Census: 15 in 64 (1 in 64+), 4 finer (10/13).
Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $7.50; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. (Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24GL, PCGS# 6232)

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November, 2013
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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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