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    1797 Half Dollar, O-101a, VF Details
    Necessary to Complete a U.S. Type Set

    1797 50C O-101a, R.5 -- Cleaning -- PCGS Genuine. VF Details. Amato-422. Light gray toning covers both sides of this VF Details half dollar, with the reverse being a couple of shades deeper. The design elements are well-defined, including relatively strong detail in Liberty's hair, eye, eye lid, and drapery, and the eagle's wing and tail feathers and claws. The surfaces are minimally abraded for a large silver coin that was moderately circulated. A small contact mark on Liberty's cheek and another on the chin are mentioned solely for pedigree purposes, as is a diagonal pinscratch on the eagle's breast. Adjustment marks are completely absent. A die crack through the first T in STATES to the eagle's upper neck, one from the lower neck through the left (facing) wing to the rim, and another connecting these two through the bottom of ST affirm the late (nearly terminal) die state.

    This is a pleasing example of this two-year (1796-1797) design type that is necessary for the completion of a type set of U.S. coinage. The cleaning is relatively light, with the surfaces just a bit brighter than one might expect. Our ongoing research on this key series indicates that at least one-third of the 270 or so currently known pieces exhibit one or more impairments, most of which are more severe than on this specimen.
    Ex: Macy's Inaugural Auction (6/1954), lot 1388; Superior Galleries (8/1991), lot 502; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/1998), lot 6747; Superior Galleries (8/2002), lot 944; J.J. Teaparty fixed price list (8/2002). (NGC ID# 24EC, Variety PCGS# 39265, Base PCGS# 6060)

    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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