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    1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, O-101
    Sharply Defined, Deeply Toned

    1796 50C 15 Stars Genuine PCGS. O-101, R.5. The PCGS number ending in .GN suggests an unknown reason why PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion the coin has XF details and has been cleaned and retoned. The coin is a uniform medium to dark gray. The cleaning was relatively light and non-abrasive, as inspection with a loupe reveals no significant hairlines.
    The design elements exhibit sharp definition, especially Liberty's hair, hair ribbon, and drapery. Only the tops of the the letters TY in LIBERTY reveal minor weakness. Nearly all of the plumage is visible on the eagle's wings, as is that on its tail. The peripheral lettering and fraction are strong; only the last A in AMERICA is weak. Both obverse and reverse exhibit virtually complete dentilation, an attribute often lacking on Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollars.
    The surfaces on both sides are remarkably free of significant contact marks or other blemishes. Indeed, what few that we do see are mentioned solely for identification purposes. These include a moderate mark between the rim and the upper-left part of star 3, a horizontal mark below Liberty's lip, parallel marks on each palm leaf below the right side of the last S in STATES, and a diagonal pinscratch from the rim across the top of the C in AMERICA to the last A.
    All in all, this is a coin worthy of a serious bid. Its rather pleasing color and design sharpness will make it a welcome addition to a high-grade type or date/variety collection. Its "impairments" are nowhere near those often encountered on many other 1796-1797 half dollars that reveal plugs, whizzed surfaces, strengthening of design elements, scratches, digs, graffiti, or rim bruises.
    Ex: The Midwest Summer Sale (Scotsman Auction Co., 7/2007), lot 560; ANA Signature (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1666.


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    September, 2011
    8th-11th Thursday-Sunday
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    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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