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    1797 Half Dollar, O-101a, VF30
    A Sharp, Terminal Die State Example

    1797 50C VF30 PCGS. O-101a, High R.4. The appearance at auction of a 1796 or 1797 half dollar is always a cause for excitement. One is necessary to complete a U.S. type set, and both dates are required by half dollar specialists attempting to put together a date set of early halves. The current 1797 offering would be suitable not only for the above purposes, but is also an excellent choice for variety specialists because it represents the terminal die state of the 1797 Overton-101 variety (O-101a). This specimen is special in this regard because most of the major cracks are still visible on the shattered reverse. Indeed, even the first crack to develop on this reverse can be seen on this coin, albeit faintly. It runs from the upper-right serif of E in STATES to the top curve of the last S and then intersects the heavier vertical crack between the S and O in OF. Research by Heritage cataloger Jon Amato shows this incipient crack to have developed on this reverse die when it was paired with the 1796 15 Stars obverse.
    Silver-gray patina with subtle sky-blue and champagne-gold undertones graces both sides of this VF30 example, each of which displays traces of luster in the recessed areas. The design elements are sharply defined, including strong detail on Liberty's hair and drapery and the eagle's wing feathers. Even the talons on the right (facing) leg are fully delineated. The overall design detail is such that this coin might have claims to XF. Only a few minute marks are visible, and these are mentioned solely for pedigree purposes. There is a small spot between the chin and star 13, a shallow scrape from the upper-right point of star 12 to the rim, a light vertical scratch from the bottom horizontal part of the right (facing) wing, and a diagonal mark right of the 2 in the fraction.
    One cannot go wrong on this coin, regardless of its intended purpose in a collection. It has the right combination of toning, detail, originality, and history to make it the hallmark of an advanced collection. Housed in a green label holder.
    Ex: Superior Galleries (5/1991), lot 899.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EC, PCGS# 6060)


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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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