Condition Census 1808 O-109a Bust Half, MS66
    Likely the Second Finest Known

    1808 50C MS66 NGC. O-109a, R.3. Stars 1 and 7 each point to the center of a dentil. In this late obverse die state a crack runs from the rim between stars 1 and 2, arcing to touch a star tip of each one, and onward into the upper bust. Another crack parallels the rim below the bust tip, with another straight from the rim to the bottom of 18 in the date. Another bold crack connects the rim with star 6 and thence to Liberty's forehead. The diagnostic crack for O-109a is the bold crack from the lower rim through the left side of the 0 in the date. Bold clashing from the scroll appears just above the date, with the reversed E in the motto clearly readable. The reverse is shared with the O-108 variety. Although unmentioned in Overton, the Peterson reference mention a small raised line from the eagle's left (facing) wing that pierces the shield corner and runs up into the neck. Numerous other die cracks on the reverse are evidence of die fatigue, as is the loss of fine detail evident on the reverse of this coin. Virtually all of the dentilation on the reverse is also missing, another characteristic of the late die stages. This piece is silver-white, with no discernible toning. This piece is tied for second finest known in the Condition Census for the O-109a variety, as listed on Stephen Herrman's Spring 2009 Revision. The finest, an amazing MS67 PCGS coin in our FUN Signature Auction (1/2009, lot 3842), brought $46,000.(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

    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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