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Well Struck Near Gem 1853 Arrows and Rays Half Dollar

1853 50C Arrows and Rays MS64 NGC. To speed up production of the 1853 Arrows and Rays Half Dollar production, the engraving department at the Philadelphia mint created a master die into which it impressed, among other features, the date, arrows, and rays. Since working dies were then sunk from this master die, there is no variation in the date placement between examples of this issue. Always in demand for type purposes, the 1853 is not as common in the finer Mint State grades as an original mintage of 3.5 million coins might suggest. Apparently, most examples were placed into circulation. This is a moderately toned representative with a typically strong strike for the type. The frosty surfaces display a few minute marks scattered about, none of which are serious or bothersome. Some die clashing is seen on the obverse. Population: 69 in 64, 36 finer (6/05).(#6275)(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24JJ, PCGS# 6275)

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July, 2005
27th-30th
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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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