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Brilliant 1853 Arrows and Rays Half, MS66
An Essential One-Year Type

1853 50C Arrows and Rays MS66 NGC. Although the 1853 Arrows and Rays half dollar is a common issue with a mintage exceeding 3.5 million coins, most examples seen are in the lower reaches of AU or lower-end Uncirculated. Many examples of the issue are darkly toned, or have excessive contact marks or indifferent luster. This piece, however, has thick, satinlike surfaces that are nearly flawless. In fact, the only surface anomalies we see are some pronounced clash marks on each side that occurred at the time of striking. The coin is fully brilliant and untoned with a soft silver-white appearance. The strike is adequate if not bold, with mentionable softness on stars 12 and 13 and Liberty's exposed foot near the rim. Radiant cartwheel luster abounds on both sides, and it is difficult to imagine an example of the issue that offers more eye appeal than the present example.
First-year type coins, such as the present piece are perennial favorites among large segments of the collecting public, and they also appear to have a future that is equally bright. Census: 15 in 66, 0 finer (3/10).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24JJ, PCGS# 6275)

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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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