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    Important 1794 O-102 Half Dollar

    1794 50C O-102, Low R.7. Fine 12 NGC. Stephen Herrman reported that just 11 or 12 examples are known, making this a low R.7 variety. The finest to appear in auction graded just Fine 15, although the third edition of Overton lists an XF40 example. The plate coin in that reference is not quite the equal of this example. The only 1794 reverse with 9 berries to the left, and 8 to the right. C and A in AMERICA are recut. The reverse die carried over to the 1795 coinage, and was used for 1795 O-117, 120, 121, and 122.
    The obverse has a faint crack through star 6, and clash marks over stars 6, 7, and 8. These clash marks are from a different reverse, that of the O-101 variety. We believe this to be the first example of the O-102 variety that we have ever offered at public auction. It is a pleasingly smooth, well detailed piece offering lovely light to charcoal-gray toning variations that deepen toward the edges. The frequently-seen pin scratches are almost nonexistent, and there are no severe abrasions. A shallow indentation, just to the right of Liberty's mouth, serves as a convenient pedigree marker. Considering the rarity factor of this die variety, we are pleased to be able to offer such a visually appealing example.
    Today's collector of Early Half Dollars, through 1839, has an excellent resource compiled by Stephen Herrman. His Auction and Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars, often abbreviated AMBPR, is an invaluable tool for the collector or dealer.
    Ex: David Hirt Collection (Pine Tree Auction Co., 11/1975), lot 554; David Davis (8/1980). Envelope Included.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24E6, PCGS# 6051)

    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.

    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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