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    Exceedingly Rare 1794 O-110 Half Dollar Variety

    1794 50C O-110, R.7. Good 4 NGC. Only about five or possibly six examples of this variety are known. According to Jules' envelope, this is the discovery coin for the variety. It is the only example of Overton-110 to be graded by NGC, and we believe it to be the first specimen of this rare variety offered at public auction by Heritage Galleries. At any grade level, this variety is an obvious and undeniable rarity, which should pique the interest of any early Half Dollar specialist.
    Stars 1 and 15 are connected to Liberty's lowest hair curl and to the point of her bust, respectively. On the reverse, a heavy diametric die crack occurs, from the rim above the first A in AMERICA, extending across the upper reverse, and through the left side of the wreath. It is this curving die crack that fascinates the cataloger, as it appears like a retained cud (two parts of the die on different planes), except that the border is complete and even around much of the circumference, and the weaker details of the retained cud only appear immediately above the crack. It is almost as if the upper part of the die was tilted or canted very slightly downward, creating a higher level on the coin, only next to the die crack itself.
    Fairly even wear is seen on both sides, and a few of the peripheral devices are partially worn away. The color is light-gray in the centers, deepening to dove-gray in the fields, and near the borders. A few shallow indentations and wispy pin scratches are evident on each of the two sides.
    Ex: Werner (3/1982). Envelope Included.(Registry values: N1793) (NGC ID# 24E6, PCGS# 6051)

    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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