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Rare and Seldom Offered 1842-O Small Date (WB-101) Seated Half, Pleasing Choice XF Preservation

1842-O 50C Reverse of 1839 XF45 NGC. WB-101. This is one of the rarest varieties in the entire Seated Half Dollar series. Only 203,000 pieces were delivered using one obverse die and two reverse dies. This coin displays the O mintmark centered over the F in HALF with a faint, yet discernible crack from the lower rim through the AL in HALF. Wiley and Bugert (1993) note that this reverse die is transitional with the 1841-O and that 1842-O Small Date Halves struck from it were delivered prior to the '41-O issue. Lightly worn throughout, both sides exhibit a silver-gray sheen with suggestions of pale champagne tinting evident at direct angles. There are also some speckled tan-russet shadings around the peripheries. Suitably bold over all but the highest features, the scattered circulation marks are commensurate with the grade. Population: only one in 45, with a mere two finer (2/03). (NGC ID# 24GV, PCGS# 6238)

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May, 2003
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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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