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    1815/2 O-101 Half Dollar, MS63
    Only Die Pairing of the Year
    The Early Die State, Clashed But Not Cracked

    1815/2 50C O-101, R.1, MS63 NGC. Its low, 47,150-piece mintage aside, the 1815/2 half dollar represents an historic date not only among Bust halves, but in entire U.S. coinage series. It remains a relic of a shaken nation -- issued in the year following an end to the War of 1812, its Capitol building burned, and with the U.S. Mint in disarray. The Mint lacked serviceable dies or silver bullion for any resumption of normal coinage operations. Ultimately, an unused die pair from 1812 was retrieved from storage and a 5 was punched over the 2 for a small mintage of half dollars at year's end.

    Although the dies were repeatedly clashed and soon cracked, the Mint managed a much-needed production of half dollars. Although this Select Uncirculated example represents an early die state, multiple die clashes frequent both the obverse and reverse. Die lapping disguises the die damage to some extent. Later, a diagnostic crack develops through ERICA of AMERICA, continuing through the arrowheads and denomination to the rim below the lowest olive leaf pair to define the late die state.

    A medley of gray, sky-blue, olive-green, gold-tan, and crimson patination bathes both sides of this important piece. Despite the aforementioned die clashing and some high-point strike weakness, there are no significant abrasions to report. Undisturbed silver luster glows beneath the colorful toning, suggesting careful preservation in a kraft envelope for most of its existence. The uncracked die state is challenging to find in Mint State, with this coin tied at the low end of the O-101 Condition Census. NGC Census (all die states): 6 in 63, 9 finer (9/21).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24F5, Variety PCGS# 39491, Base PCGS# 6108)

    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.

    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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