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    1818 O-109a Half, Outstanding MS65
    Dramatic Peripheral Color and Luster

    1818 50C O-109a, R.1, MS65 PCGS. Ex: Friend. The variety is easily identified for its "jumping 1s" in the date, each entered high (or the 8s entered low). On the reverse, N in UNITED has the same syndrome, and sits high above U and I. Both sides show substantial die cracks on this late-state piece to earn the O-109a designation. The numerals in the date are oddly spaced, the outside 1 and final 8 gapping 81 at the center.

    This richly toned Gem example displays dazzling iridescence at the margins set against bluish-bronze shades that occupy the centers. The smooth, nearly unmarked surfaces alternate between reflective and frosted character, the centers well-toned and softly lustrous while mint luster flashes boldly at the outskirts. The overall visual effect is stunning. Each star is needle-sharp and the portrait is sharply defined. The eagle shows brief weakness along the left (facing) wing top and at one or two claws. We believe this is the finest O-109a at either service, and it serves as the PCGS CoinFacts plate coin for the variety.
    From The Dale Friend Collection of Bust Half Dollars, Part III.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24F9, Variety PCGS# 39526, Base PCGS# 6113)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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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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