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Important 1861-O Seated Half Dollar, MS65 NGC

1861-O 50C MS65 NGC. The outbreak of the Civil War prevented the shipment of any other dies for 1861 than those that had been received in New Orleans in the later months of 1860. As a result, the six known obverse dies are among the most overworked in the entire Seated Liberty series with an average of 422,000 coins struck per die. This particular piece does not show evidence of die wear, but apparently the obverse and reverse dies were set slightly further apart than usual in order to prevent die breaks. The result, of course, is a slight loss of highpoint detail on the head of Liberty and peripheral stars on the obverse, and the eagle's left (facing) claw and fletchings of the arrow on the reverse. The fields are bright, suggesting that perhaps mint personnel polished the dies shortly before striking, and each side is covered with a lovely mixture of moss-green and rose toning. Conditionally rare with only nine pieces so graded by NGC with three finer (5/05).(#6303) (Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24J8, PCGS# 6303)

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June, 2005
29th-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.

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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