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    Desirable 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, Fine 15 Details, O-101

    1796 50C 15 Stars--Tooled, Whizzed--ANACS. Fine 15 Details. O-101, R.5. The 1796 half dollar comes in two varieties: the first displays 15 stars on the obverse (Overton-101), and the second shows 16 stars (Overton-102). The two 1796 issues, along with 1797-dated half dollars, are part of the famed Draped Bust, Small Eagle design type. Collectors seeking to complete a type set of U.S. coinage place tremendous price pressure on this low-mintage series (3,918 pieces). Consequently, even "impaired" specimens bring strong prices. An NCS Fine Details, Repaired, Whizzed 1796 15 Stars coin, for example, realized $37,260 in our October 2006 Dallas Signature Auction.
    The present Fine 15 Details specimen displays light to medium gray surfaces that have been lightly whizzed. The design elements are well centered on the planchet, and exhibit relatively strong definition. The diagnostic crack from the obverse rim at 5 o'clock travels through the drapery and stars 15, 14, and 13 before returning to the rim. Some unobtrusive circulation marks on each side are mentioned for complete accuracy, but we can find no direct evidence of tooling. All in all, this is a fairly nice example of this tough type coin, the ANACS disclaimers notwithstanding.
    From The Hoosier Discovery Collection. (NGC ID# 24E9, 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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    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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