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    1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, Original Fine 12
    O-101, An Ideal Mid-Grade Type Coin

    1796 50C 15 Stars, O-101, R.5, Fine 12 NGC. Light to medium gray surfaces display soft bluish undertones, along with silver accents in some of the protected areas, especially at Liberty's ear and the hair about the neck and shoulder. The design elements exhibit considerable detail, including approximately one-third of Liberty's hair strands and clarity of the ear and other facial features. In fact, this coin's obverse may have legitimate claims to Very Fine classification. The reverse detail is also relatively strong for a coin that has experienced moderate circulation, evidenced by separation of the eagle's torso from the wings and left (facing) leg, and the complete outlining of the laurel and palm leaves and clouds. The usually seen die crack from the rim at 5:00 to the bust and then through the last three stars is absent on this piece, indicating that it is among the first 1796 half dollars to be struck. Indeed, it is one of only seven early die state examples of the 75 specimens of the 1796 15 Stars variety (O-101) that we have thus far identified. Moreover, neither side reveals the adjustment marks or planchet defects that are often seen on early half dollars. Trivial marks in the lower-right obverse will help to identify the coin.

    The present offering is a new discovery of a Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar since the December 2012 release of the Heritage-published reference The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797. This moderately circulated piece will fit comfortably in a mid- to high-grade collection of U.S. type coinage, and as such is expected to generate spirited bidding.
    From The Virginia Cabinet. (NGC ID# 24E9, Variety PCGS# 39261, Base PCGS# 6057)

    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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    April, 2015
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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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