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1849 Half Dollar, MS64
Lightly and Evenly Toned, Strongly Struck

1849 50C MS64 PCGS. CAC. Close examination of coins struck during the 1840s and 1850s will reveal many die punching errors, a result of James Longacre's shortcomings as a die sinker. This coin shows minimal such errors, the most obvious being sinking the right-side stars too deeply into the die, or so-called "Longacre Doubling." The devices are strongly brought up on each side, as usually found, and there are no obvious or mentionable abrasions. Light gray patina is intermixed with pale golden throughout. Population: 12 in 64, 1 finer (1/13).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24HE, PCGS# 6262)

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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.

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