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    Description

    1797 Draped Bust Half, VG8
    O-101a, Small Eagle Reverse

    1797 50C O-101a, T-1, High R.4, VG8 PCGS. Amato Unlisted. Tompkins Die State 4/4. Numerous die cracks occupy both sides of this O-101a example, indicating the late die state. Mintages of both the 1796 and 1797 Small Eagle half dollars are combined in the Guide Book, showing a total of 3,918 pieces struck. Recent research by Steve Tompkins suggests a likely total of 1,934 1796-dated pieces were struck, and 1,984 1797-dated coins were issued. All were delivered in 1797. Together, the 1796 and 1797 Small Eagle issues comprise the rarest two-year type among all U.S. silver coinage.

    This is an untraced example of the 1797 O-101a die marriage, with a leaf tip pointing to the left foot of the second T in STATES. Heavy wear exists throughout the lilac-gray surfaces, particularly at the eagle's right (facing) wing and at the lower-left reverse. Areas of deep-gray toning crowd the recesses in the legends and near the central devices. A small rim bump is seen between stars 11 and 12, as well as a short test cut between E and R of LIBERTY. Given the demand for 1797 halves in any condition, this solid VG example is sure to please any early half specialist or type collector. Population: 7 in 8, 83 finer (1/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    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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