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    1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, Original Fine 12
    O-101, Important Key to a Type Collection

    1796 50C 15 Stars, O-101, T-1, R.5, Fine 12 PCGS. Amato-162. Any Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar that makes an auction appearance is a "marquee event," regardless of condition. And original, problem-free specimens such as the present Fine 12 coin are especially desirable. This is due to the minuscule 1796-1797 half dollar mintage of 3,918 pieces and relatively low survival rate of perhaps 300 examples. An important key for the completion of a type collection of United States coinage, a 1796-1797 half dollar is frequently absent from all but the most advanced collections.

    Soft bluish-gray toning is imbued with whispers of golden-tan laced with hints of red on the reverse. Some strands are visible in the lower portion of Liberty's hair and the drapery is delineated at the bust tip. About one-half of the eagle's wing feathers show and the torso is separated from each wing. The surfaces on both sides are remarkably clean. A tiny rim mark above ER of LIBERTY and another below the twist in the right ribbon on the reverse (both appear to be as-made planchet flaws) serve to identify the coin, as does a vertical spot beneath the stem of the laurel wreath. No adjustment marks are evident. This coin will be an attractive addition to a U.S. type set.
    Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/1988), lot 653; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/1989), lot 657; Pete Tremblay Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 6/2006), lot 1428; ANA Signature (Heritage, 10/2011), lot 3673. (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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2017
    4th-9th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 19
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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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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