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    Early Die State 1796 16 Stars Half Dollar
    VF30, O-102, High R.5

    1796 50C 16 Stars, O-102, High R.5 VF30 PCGS. This 1796 16 Stars half dollar lacks the usually-seen crack from the milling between the date and star 1 that travels through the first four stars to the rim at 8 o'clock. This indicates it was struck from a very early state of the obverse die. The reverse displays a faint crack from the edge through O in OF to the leaf point below F, a precursor to the myriad cracks that eventually develop when this reverse is paired with the 1797 obverse.
    Both sides display bright silver-gray surfaces with occasional blushes of slightly deeper gray and faint sky-blue. Traces of luster reside in some of the recessed areas, and the design elements reveal sharp definition, including the middle and lower portions of Liberty's hair, the facial features, and the drapery. About three quarters of the feathers show on the eagle's wings and tail, and the claws and adjacent cloud detail are quite clear. Strong dentilation shows on both obverse and reverse, each of which exhibits well centered design features, and each of which is devoid of adjustment marks. A few inoffensive contact marks consistent with light to moderate circulation are visible; one between Liberty's forehead and star 10 and one to the left of the U in UN ITED might aid future catalogers and researchers in identifying the coin. Encapsulated in a green-label holder.
    Ex: Teletrade Auction, early 1990s (per consignor)
    From the Bayside New York Collection.
    (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EA, PCGS# 6058)

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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.

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