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Gem 1873 Seated Liberty Half
Popular Arrows Type

1873 50C Arrows MS65 PCGS. The year 1873 was a seminal one in U.S. numismatics. Henry R. Linderman began his second term as Mint director, serving until 1878. The Latin Monetary Union, comprising France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland, adopted a gold standard. The "Crime of '73" legislated the two cent piece, trime, and silver half dime out of existence, omitted the Seated Liberty silver dollar from the list of authorized coins, introduced the Trade dollar, and increased the weight of minor silver coinage. The half dollar's weight increased from 12.44 gm to 12.50 gm of .900 fine silver.
The present coin is a stunning Gem half dollar, with the arrows at the date to mark the change in composition. This example offers lush shades of olive-green on the obverse that complement pinkish-silver and pastel lilac-blue hues on the reverse. A boldly struck and delightful type coin. Population: 10 in 65, 4 finer (3/11).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24L7, PCGS# 6343)

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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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