1808 Half Dollar, MS66+
1808 50C MS66+ NGC. CAC. O-108a, R.3. Ex: "Col." E.H.R.
Green. This high-end Premium Gem features sharply detailed design
elements, most unusual on an 1808 half dollar, which typically
comes softly struck. Vibrant mint luster shines through attractive
shades of silver-gray, lavender, and champagne-gold toning. The
obverse shows some dramatic clash marks around the date and in the
right field. This coin shows indescribably rich toning. It is set
apart from the preceding jaw-dropping MS65 examples in the same way
that a mature observer might prefer Paul Newman to Brad Pitt or
Lauren Bacall to a young Audrey Hepburn. In all events, this coin
is a "must-have" for advanced specialists and Registry Set
Finest O-108a by Four Grading Points
A large mintage of more than 1.3 million Capped Bust half dollars was accomplished in 1808, with 10 die varieties known for the date. Stephen Herrman's survey of auction appearances lists no example of an O-108 finer than MS61, and no O-108a finer than MS62. This coin is far and away the finest known example of the variety.
Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $4.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EP, PCGS# 6090)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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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.
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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