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1851-O Half Dollar, Exceptional MS66
WB-4, Tied for Finest Certified

1851-O 50C MS66 NGC. WB-4, R.3. Late Die State. A second high-grade WB-4. This piece shows the same late die state die cracks as the MS65 above. It strikes us as curious that two such pieces would exist from the same die pairing and same die state. It is tempting to suggest a hoard, but two coins hardly make a hoard. What is also curious is that these coins exist at all. As Wiley-Bugert point out, "By 1851, the value of silver rose to a point where a silver coin's silver content was worth more than the face value ... Consequently, large numbers of U.S. silver coins, mainly quarters and half dollars, were pulled from circulation, hoarded, melted, and/or exported for profit." Why were these two O-mint halves set aside and preserved in pristine condition? A question we will never know the answer to. This is a magnificent, bright, satiny coin that exhibits untoned, silvery centers that are surrounded by thin rings of russet and blue at the margins. The strike in the centers is complete, and only displays the slightest softness on the peripheral stars on the obverse. Census: 1 in 66, 0 finer (12/12).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24HK, PCGS# 6267)

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January, 2013
9th-14th
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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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