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1942-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar, MS67
Prime Condition and Strike Rarity
Among the Finest Certified

1942-S 50C MS67 PCGS. Wartime mintages of Walking Liberty half dollars were typically high at the San Francisco Mint, but quality control was not a big priority. Dies were used long after they began to show signs of deterioration and weak strikes were the rule during this time period, rather than the exception. Despite its large reported mintage of more than 12.7 million pieces, the 1942-S Walking Liberty half dollar is the second-rarest issue of the Late-Date series, both in overall Mint State and high-grade condition.

The 1942-S is one of the most poorly struck issues of the 1940s and only the 1943-S and 1944-S are seen more often with weak strikes. Regarding the 1942-S Jeff Ambio wrote in Collecting and Investment Strategies for Walking Liberty Half Dollars:

"Do not expect to find a fully struck coin even in the finer Mint State grades, however, as I cannot recall ever seeing a 1942-S that fits that criteria."

The present coin exhibits a much better-than-average strike, with noticeable separation between Liberty's thumb and forefinger on the branch hand. Some detail is missing from the skirt lines, Liberty's head, and the eagle's leg, but none of these areas is completely flat and other devices show surprisingly sharp definition. Especially vibrant mint luster radiates from both sides and the well-preserved brilliant surfaces show no mentionable signs of contact, even on close inspection with a loupe. Both NGC and PCGS definitely consider striking characteristics when grading 1942-S Walkers, and this specimen is one of the finest certified at either service. This coin is a leading candidate for the finest collection or Registry Set. Population: 2 in 67, 0 finer (6/13).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24S8, PCGS# 6617)

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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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