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    Near-Mint State 1827 Curl Base 2, O-146

    1827 50C Curl Base 2 AU58 NGC. O-146, R.2. The O-146 and O-147 are the only 1827 varieties with the curl base 2 in the date. This O-146 is distinguished by a die line that connects the reverse arrows, traveling southwest from the top arrow shaft. Die lapping has partially removed this diagnostic, but it is present in the protected area between the second and third arrowheads. Another diagnostic is present, a die line extending downward through the topmost five azures that appears to be an extension of pale three of gule six. This pleasing, lightly circulated specimen offers pleasing dove-gray surfaces with hints of copper and bronze in the peripheries. The strike is generous, with slight weakness on the eagle's left (facing) wing. Few mentionable distractions are present. Envelope Included. (NGC ID# 24FN, PCGS# 6145)

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    January, 2006
    23rd-28th Monday-Saturday
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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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