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    Respectable Low Grade 1797 Half Dollar, Fair 2 PCGS

    1797 50C Fair 2 PCGS. O-101a, R.5. The Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar, bearing the dates 1796 and 1797, and having a reported mintage of just 3,918 pieces, is one of the great rarities in U.S. coinage. There is a large disparity in the published estimates of the number of surviving specimens, from around 100 to about 300 examples! While surviving pieces are known in all grades, it is the general opinion of most numismatists that the majority are in low grades of from Poor to Good. This cataloger's ongoing research into the series, however, has accounted for, thus far, around 220 examples, of which only about 25, or 11%, are in grades Poor through Good. The Fair 2 representative offered here is thus an unusual opportunity to acquire this rare type coin at a "relatively affordable" price. This problem-free specimen reveals just honest wear. While the reverse is worn nearly smooth, there is enough detail to confirm the variety. Both sides display light to medium gray patina. Liberty is outlined, with slight detail apparent in the eye, lower hair curls, and the cleavage and drapery lines near star 15. The date is strong, all the stars along the left border are outlined, and most of Liberty and the stars along the right border show. Again, this is a tremendous opportunity to complete an early type set with a highly respectable piece of Americana.(#6060) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24EC, PCGS# 6060)

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    November, 2004
    4th-6th Thursday-Saturday
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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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