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Low-Mintage 1880 Seated Half, MS67
Impeccable Surface Preservation

1880 50C MS67 NGC. The years from 1879 through 1890 saw incredibly skimpy half dollar mintages at the Philadelphia Mint (and no half dollar mintages elsewhere) as the nation's coin factories concentrated on increasing the glut of unpopular, largely unused Morgan dollars mandated by cronyism and politics (pardon the redundancy) in the form of the Bland-Allison Act of 1878. The Philadelphia Mint struck 8,400 business strikes and 1,355 proofs in 1880. This specimen was obviously laid away at the time of issue and lovingly preserved, as it shows virtually no evidence of contact. Amber-gold central coloration joins the steel-blue rim toning on the obverse, while the reverse offers a mint-green center and blue margins. The strike is impeccable, while falling just short of absolute. This piece is one of six MS67 coins at NGC, with none finer (11/11).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24KT, PCGS# 6362)

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January, 2012
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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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