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    1797 Draped Bust Half, AG Details
    Classic Rarity, O-101a

    1797 50C O-101a, T-1, Amato-453, High R.4 -- Damage -- PCGS Genuine. AG Details. Tompkins Die State 5/4, with the die crack from star 4 through star 6. The O-101a example in this lot displays the typically-seen die cracks (including the obverse crack that travels from the rim through star 2 to Liberty's curl), except where they are worn away. The crack connecting the bottoms of ST in STATES, another extending from the lower upright of the first T through a leaf to the eagle's neck, and one traveling from the rim just right of the last S in STATES to two leaves below, are all visible. Both sides display silver-gray surfaces that show slightly darker color in some of the protected areas. Uneven wear results from the coin having been slightly bent. The design elements exhibit fairly strong detail on Liberty's upper facial features, on the flowing ribbon and hair curls beneath, on the 17_7 of the date, on the stars along the left border, and on the ERTY of LIBERTY. On the reverse, most of the eagle shows, except for its right (left facing) wing, as does the bowknot and fraction below, and the letters UNIT, all of STATES, and the letters AME. A few small planchet defects are scattered about, especially on the obverse, and a noticeable scratch extends from the rim above star 1 through the lower curls. Some thin, relatively unobtrusive pinscratches are also noted on each side. The opportunity to acquire such an "affordable" example arises only infrequently.
    Ex: Stack's, April 1976, lot 612; Bowers and Ruddy, February 1977, lot 1229; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 1924.
    From The McDonald Family Collection.

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    February, 2020
    20th-23rd Thursday-Sunday
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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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