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Superb Gem 1940-S Half Dollar
Remarkable Quality and Strike

1940-S 50C MS67 PCGS. CAC. This is a coin of remarkable beauty and equally remarkable quality. Strike definition is usually the issue, but not on this piece. PCGS has seen only seven examples at this grade level with none finer (3/13). Even if all seven of those submissions are separate coins -- which we highly doubt -- it is difficult to imagine a finer coin, and we note that CAC has given its approval to this piece as well, further limiting the supply to a maximum of four pieces. Thorough mint luster engages the viewer under a light layer of patina, for which the words mauve, pinkish-gray, sunset-orange, and ice-blue all seem inadequate. This coin must be seen. The strike is far sharper than normal for this problematic issue, decently detailed on Liberty's head even though there is minimal thumb evidence. The lower eagle feathers are far bolder than on most examples. The last two PCGS specimens we offered in this grade sold for $27,600 and $25,300, respectively (Heritage, 8/2011, lot 3507; 1/2009, lot 2882).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24S2, PCGS# 6610)

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Auction Dates
April, 2013
24th-28th
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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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