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    Remarkable 1904-S Barber Half Dollar, MS66
    The Eliasberg Specimen

    1904-S 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Eliasberg. While there may be others, two specific 1904-S Barber half dollars stand out from the crowd. They are the Emory-Nichols coin that later appeared in the Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection, and the present example, the Dale Friend coin that was earlier in the Eliasberg Collection. Both coins are incredible quality, and either one might qualify as the finest known. In 1904, S. Benton Emory almost certainly purchased his half dollar directly from the San Francisco Mint, and in the same year J.M. Clapp ordered his from the San Francisco Mint. Judging from the appearance of these two coins, it seems that perhaps they were hand selected by Mint officials at the time, those in charge undoubtedly being aware of the two important numismatic cabinets.
    The 1904-S has the fourth lowest PCGS Mint State population of any Barber half, behind the 1892 Micro O, 1896-O, and 1901-O. PCGS has only certified 30 pieces in all grades from MS60 through MS67, and just six of those coins grade MS65 or finer.
    An impressive Premium Gem, the Eliasberg-Friend is about to find only its sixth owner since the day it was made. J.M. Clapp bought the coin from the San Francisco Mint, Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. bought the entire Clapp Collection, the owner of the Stellar Collection bought the coin at the Eliasberg sale, Dale Friend bought the 1904-S from the Stellar Collection, and today the coin is consigned by the purchaser at the Friend sale. The coin is boldly defined with delightful gold toning over ivory-silver surfaces and frosty luster. A single small mark in the right obverse field prevents an MS67 grade assignment. PCGS Population: 1 in 66, 2 finer (8/09).
    Ex: San Francisco Mint; J.M. Clapp; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 2102; Stellar Collection; Dale Friend Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3895.(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24MP, PCGS# 6500)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    September, 2009
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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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